Marine Debris -Courtesy to Conservation Science Institute; Altered Ocean; Blue Planet Society
"The United Nations has turned its attention to the oceans for World Environment Day, and one of the main evildoers is a familiar one - plastic. Marine trash, mainly plastic, is killing more than a million seabirds and 100,000 mammals and sea turtles each year.” - Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations, 2004
Plastic Trash Vortex There are actually 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean. - UNEP
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”. About 20 percent of the plastic in the oceans comes from ships or offshore platforms; the rest is blown or washed off the land. - Courtesy to Michael Graham Richard, Gatineau, Canada
Dead Turtle found in Australia, with guts choked with marine trash
Entanglement of marine animals -Courtesy to UNEP
237 In 2007, ICC participants found 237 entangled animals. The percentage of each type of animal entangled : Birds ~ 35 percent Fish ~ 27 percent Invertebrates ~ 20 percent Mammals ~ 13 percent Reptiles ~ 5 percent Amphibians ~ < 1 percent
Badly entangled flukes of a humpback whale – United States
A young Grey Seal entangled in a scrap of trawl net. - Sable Island, Canada
Freeing Horseshoe crabs from gill nets at - Mandai, Singapore
Crabs entangled by fishing nets at - 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. Prevent litter! Packaging awareness!
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