Plastic Impacts on the Marine Environment
by M.Martin on November 5, 2015 - 9:04pm
In the article “Plastic Impacts on the Marine Environment” published on Plastic Pollution Coalition website discusses the danger of plastic in our oceans. It has been said that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a patch of garbage that is twice the size of Texas that is floating around in our oceans, however the truth is that it is much worse than that. Although not all the garbage is composed of plastics, it is estimated to be between 60 and 80 percent of the total garbage in the ocean. Not only are our oceans being polluted by plastics it is also threatening marine life. In the Plastic Pollution Coalition’s 2006 August bulletin, they wrote ‘"The accumulating debris poses increasingly significant threats to marine mammals, seabirds, turtles, fish, and crustaceans”’(para 3).
They further discuss how animals may become entangled in the plastic material and become injured or they may ingest the plastic and cause damage internally and may even lead to death. It has always been thought of, and overlooked, that the issue of plastics in our vast oceans, filled with an abundance of marine life would cause little impact, however this is not the case. Further information suggests “that the mechanical effects of these materials affect many marine species in many ocean areas, and that these effects justify recognition of persistent plastic debris as a major form of ocean pollution" (para 3).
In my opinion, this is a very important issue. I found it to be very disturbing that there is so much plastic garbage floating in our oceans and causing so much damage to the marine life. I can only imagine how this will get worse in time due to our single-use of plastics. Even though Canada is ahead in plastic recycling, there is still so much more that should be done to stop this tragedy.