The impact of marine debris. Marine Debris. Courtesy to Conservation Science Institute; Altered Ocean; Blue Planet Society.
- Kofi Annan,
Secretary-General, United Nations, 2004
There are actually 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean.
Inside the North Pacific Gyre, there is a massive accumulation of plastic garbage known as “Plastic Soup”, “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, or “The Pacific Trash Vortex”.
- Courtesy toMichael Graham Richard, Gatineau, Canada
About 20 percent of the plastic in the oceans comes from ships or offshore platforms; the rest is blown or washed off the land.
- 90% of albatross chicks on Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean had plastic in their throats
– United States
- Sable Island, Canada
- Mandai, Singapore
- Lazarus Island, Singapore
The abrasion from movement of the nets injure/kill the polyps. And injured parts of corals get overgrown with algae/other organisms very fast.
– Lazarus Island, Singapore
By not littering and picking up litter you see, you may be saving the life of a marine mammal.
Be aware of the packaging on products you purchase; opt for products with less packaging.