marine plastic pollution

Sadly, more often than not, our fun and photography dives turn into clean up dives.

This could’ve been easily recycled. We can all do our part, and we can all educate others to do theirs too!

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France becomes the first country to ban plastic plates and cutlery
The ban, to take effect in 2020, is part of a program aimed at making France a model for reducing environmental waste.

Another great step in the right direction to reduce single-use plastics and plastic pollution in the ocean!

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Yes yes yes! What a wonderful idea! A 100% biodegradable six-pack ring, plastic-free and made of barley and wheat leftover from the brewing process. 

We need every beer company to support and switch to these edible six pack rings! In the meantime and if you must purchase a six-pack with plastic rings, don’t forget to cut it up before you throw it out, That way, if it accidentally ends up in the water, no animals will get entangled in the rings. 

For every pound of tuna we fish from of the ocean, we are now putting back two pounds of plastic. This is a transfer ratio that we cannot continue to sustain.
—  UCSB marine scientist Douglas McCauley

Even though this bird’s stomach was full, it starved to death. Inside? A mixture of discarded bottle tops and plastic. Scientists estimate that between a quarter and a third of marine plastic pollution comes from the drinks industry. But instead of helping to solve this problem, Coca-Cola is taking Australia’s Northern Territories Government to court over a recycling scheme!

Examples of marine debris observed on Davidson Seamount, off the coast of Central California:

(a.) a plastic bag on top of a sponge limits the ability of the sponge to filter food from the water 

(b.) an Olympia beer can was found at 8,589 feet

(c.) a Coca-Cola bottle, that originated in South Korea, was likely lost off an oil tanker or container ship

(d.) a communications cable, of unknown origin, is visible in the lower part of this image. 

  • Credit: NOAA/MBARI (copied from DeVogelaere et al. 2014)