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The impact of marine debris

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  1. The impact of marine debris

  2. Marine Debris • Courtesy to Conservation Science Institute; Altered Ocean; Blue Planet Society

  3. "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 morethan a million seabirds and 100,000 mammalsand sea turtles each year.” - Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations, 2004

  4. Plastic Trash Vortex There are actually 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean. - UNEP

  5. 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.

  6. Ingestion of plastics Read more

  7. Albatross chick - gut full of plastic! - 90% of albatross chicks on Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean had plastic in their throats Read more

  8. What an albatross ate Read more

  9. Dead Turtle found in Australia, with guts choked with marine trash Read more

  10. Entanglement of marine animals • Courtesy to UNEP

  11. 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

  12. Badly entangled flukes of a humpback whale – United States Read more

  13. A young Grey Seal entangled in a scrap of trawl net.  - Sable Island, Canada Read more

  14. Freeing Horseshoe crabs from gill nets at - Mandai, Singapore Read more

  15. Crabs entangled by fishing nets at - Lazarus Island, Singapore Read more

  16. 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

  17. Prevent litter! By not littering and picking up litter you see, you may be saving the life of a marine mammal. Packaging awareness! Be aware of the packaging on products you purchase; opt for products with less packaging.