How Big is the Problem?
- We have produced more plastic in the past 10 years than during the entire last century.
- Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
- 80 percent of pollution enters the ocean from the land.
- 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface is plastic.
- There are 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile of ocean.
- At least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year.
- Plastic makes up 85% of ocean debris.
Ocean debris has become a tragic problem for the oceans, marine life, and yes, even humans. The worst offender: plastic. It truly is a plastic world we live in.
Check out this video.
It’s a Plastic World – http://itsaplasticworld.com/
It Gets Worse.
- Plastic in the world’s oceans could increase by a factor of 10 in the next decade.
- More than 260 animal species have become entangled in or consumed fishing line, nets, ropes and other discarded equipment.
- An astounding 86 percent of all marine turtles are affected by marine debris.
- One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
- 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.
At CMA, a number of our rescued marine animals suffer from ocean debris. Look at these recent stories.
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Cozi’s Clean Ocean Tips
So, the good news is there is a solution. You and Me.
Get tips from Dolphin Tale star Cozi Zuehlsdorff and help marine life by becoming one of Winter’s Ocean Warriors.
Tip 1: The 3 B’s
- Bottles: Start lowering your single-use plastic bottles. Use reusable containers.
- Bags: Replace plastic with cloth bags.
- Balloons: No more balloons. Replace with bubbles and paper streamers.
Tip 2: Go on a litter cleanup!
- Don’t litter anywhere! 80% of Ocean Debris enters the ocean from the land.
- Organize some friends and go on a litter cleanup in your area.
- Share your litter cleanup stories and photos on our Facebook page.
Tip 3: Stop Using Plastic Straws!
- Drink your beverage without a plastic straw.
- Request no straw when ordering at restaurants.
- Use paper and biodegradable straws or reusable metal straws.
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Tip 4: Reduce Plastic Use!
- Use less plastic at home and at work!
- Always look for non-plastic options when buying items or dining out.
- Use reusable cloth shopping bags instead of plastic bags.
- Choose cans over plastic bottles.
Tip 5: Reuse Plastic Items!
Plastic Oceans Foundation https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/
Eco Watch https://www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html
The Huffington Post https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/plastic-waste-oceans_us_58fed37be4b0c46f0781d426
Passport Ocean https://passportocean.com/2017/11/20/15-shocking-facts-ocean-pollution/
Policy-Oriented Marine Environmental Research In The Southern European Seas http://www.perseus-net.eu/site/content.php?locale=1&sel=517&artid=565