Marine Plastic gathers in ocean gyres where extensive systems of rotating currents converge.
We need to cleanse them all to remediate the oceans!
The plastic stays in its stomach and is never digested. Soon there is no room for real food, and the albatross starves.
Seals are curious about ghost nets, so they explore them not sensing their danger. Seals end up getting entangled in the nets and may drown.
Even tiny plankton eat tiny nano fragments of plastics, entering the marine food chain when fish eat plankton.
Finding plastic debris in the sand makes beach walks less enjoyable and discouraging.
Snorkelers and scuba divers find marine plastic throughout the water column in offshore waters.
To prevent plastic from amassing on our beaches, many communities must have frequent cleanup events to preserve the beauty of the shores.
From plankton to whales, marine animals ingest plastic when mistaken for food or by accident. Plastic cannot be digested.
When ocean plastic breaks down, it releases chemicals such as bisphenol A and polystyrene-based oligomers. These damage ecosystems and can impact animal reproduction.
No definitive studies exist on human health and nano-plastics found in fish muscle tissue. We hope researchers will study the possible impact of ocean plastic on human health.
The Marine Pollution Bulletin published a study estimating ocean plastic creates losses of $2.5 T (trillions) every year as a result of damage to fisheries, tourism, and shipping.
This study estimates the cost of one ton of marine plastic is $33,000 in reduced environmental value.
Studies by Dr. Jambeck, University of Georgia, estimate an average of 8M metric tons of plastic per year is dumped in the ocean, where it has accumulated for over 50 year.
300M tons of plastic are produced every year.
Only 10% of plastic is recycled, with the remaining 90% ending up in the ocean or in landfills.
80% of marine debris is made of plastic.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the north-central area of the Pacific Ocean is the largest accumulation of plastic debris in the world.