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Marine animals worldwide are ingesting plastic

Laysan Albatross fledgling, dead from ingesting plastic – Midway Atoll. [Photo: Chris Jordan]  Marine animals often cannot distinguish plastic from food and mistakenly ingest it. “Every creature in the ocean food chain, from the tiniest plankton to the largest whales, is consuming plastic.”  Capt. Charles Moore  

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Ingestion of plastic by marine animals is covered in the presentation:

MARINE POLLUTION – THE IMPACTS OF PLASTIC DEBRIS – 170316

All PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations are available under “Educational Material”.

A large percentage of marine animals that are entangled in plastic find it impossible to escape and do not survive.

Sea turtle entangled in abandoned or lost fishing gear. [Photo courtesy Ocean Conservancy]

Abandoned and lost fishing gear like nets, fishing line and buoys have been found to pose the greatest overall threat of entanglement to marine wildlife.

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Entanglement of marine animals in plastic debris is covered in the presentation:

MARINE POLLUTION – THE IMPACTS OF PLASTIC DEBRIS – 170316

All PDFs of the Oceans PowerPoint presentations are available under “Educational Material”.

Plastic debris is everywhere in the marine environment.

Plastic in the oceans now ranks as one of the biggest threats facing our planet.

Plastic does not biodegrade on any practical time scale. Instead plastic photodegrades, breaking down to smaller and smaller pieces, all of which are still plastic polymers.

“Except for a small amount that’s been incinerated, every bit of plastic manufactured in the world for the last 50 years or so still remains. It’s somewhere in the environment.” Anthony Andrady, senior research scientist

Marine debris North America, touched landscape Photo source photobucket

The extent and impacts of plastic debris in the oceans are covered in the presentation:

MARINE POLLUTION – THE IMPACTS OF PLASTIC DEBRIS – 170316

All PDFs of the Oceans PowerPoint presentations are available under “Educational Material”.