Marine Debris

on October 25th, 2011 by - Comments Off on Marine Debris

One of the many environmental problems plaguing us today is marine debris.   This is waste that turns up in the waters from human litter.  This litter often becomes beach litter or tide-track as it moves from the ocean to the coastlines and to the beach.

Of course, some marine debris, like driftwood, is a natural activity and not one that is dangerous. One of the most dangerous types of debris as of late has been plastic.  Plastics don’t biodegrade and they can cause serious problems for fish, seabirds, marine reptiles and other animals. In a shocking study, researchers have found that 80% of today’s debris is from plastic.

Other environmental issues that can be of even a larger scope include ocean dumping, accidental container spillages and litter.

Certainly, there are many steps that people can take to curb the marine issues with debris.  We can cut down on our use of plastic and can make sure to recycle plastic items.  We can hold companies that work in the oceans accountable for their actions and for their protection of the environment.

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