Oceana report: Ocean plastic pollution is becoming marine wildlife’s No. 1 killer


The amount of trash that is floating in our seas and washes up on the beaches of the world is staggering. Scientists estimate that close to 15 million tons of plastic wind up in the ocean each year. That would be as if two garbage trucks full of plastic were dumped into the ocean every minute, report authors claim.

Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is killing turtles, whales, dolphins, seals, fish, corals seabirds and all forms of marine wildlife. And it’s projected to get much worse before it gets better.

According to the report “Choked, Strangled, Drowned: The Plastics Crisis Unfolding in Our Oceans” released Nov. 19 by Oceana, an international non-profit ocean advocacy organization, a survey of dozens of government agencies, organizations and institutions revealed that thousands of animals are entangled in plastic, choke to death on it, or consume it and die of starvation since it remains in their digestive tracts until they expire.

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