A staggering 80 percent of all the life on Earth is to be found hidden beneath the waves and this vast global ocean pulses around our world driving the natural forces which maintain life on our planet.
8 million items of marine litter have been estimated to enter oceans and seas every day.
Nearly 80% of marine debris comes from land-based sources. The main sources of plastic and other types of anthropogenic (human-made) debris in urban runoff include: litter (mostly bags, packaging and single-use disposable products), industrial discharges, garbage transportation, landfills, construction debris, and debris from commercial establishments and public venues.
Eighty percent of marine debris is plastic - a component that has been rapidly accumulating.
It has been estimated that over 13,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating on every square kilometre (46,000 pieces per square mile) of ocean today.
The North Pacific Ocean [has] an area the size of the continental United States covered in plastic debris.
Water hydrophobic pollutants collect and magnify on the surface of plastic debris, thus making plastic far more deadly in the ocean than it would be on land.
267 marine species are affected by plastic garbage.
Every year, plastic pollution kills more than 100,000 marine creatures.
Plastics collect toxic compounds that then get into the bodies of organisms that eat the plastic. These compounds may travel through the food web.
What goes into the ocean goes into these animals and onto your dinner plate. It’s that simple.