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Think of marine plastic pollution, and a picture of a turtle stuck in a six-pack ring, you can try to get in the spirit. Or, in the last few days of the hotly contested plastic drinking straw. But a new report from Greenpeace, UK, have found that lost and abandoned fishing gear is actually responsible for the majority of the plastic pollution into the oceans of the world.
More than 640,000 tons (think 55,000 double-decker coach of the nets, lines, pots and traps used in the commercial fishery are dumped into the sea each year, according to The Guardian.
The dead fish on the beach, with a dirty plastic waste. (iStock)
In one instance, on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, last year, approximately 300 sea turtles have been found dead as a result of being trapped in a “ghost gear,” is the term used to refer to gear that is lost or left behind in the ocean.
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In Ghost gear, it is estimated that 10 percent of ocean plastic pollution, in the aggregate, however, it makes up the bulk of the ocean is plastic pollution. One study found that, in the spirit of gear up, but at least 70 per cent of the macroplastic pollution is found floating on the surface of the ocean. For both microplastic and macroplastic litter in the world’s bodies of water. Macroplastics, as for the spirit gear, which can be seen with the naked eye. Microplastics are plastic particles, which are all minute in size before entering the ocean as a secondary, so by the breakdown of larger plastics like soda bottles and plastic bags.
Modern plastics can be thought of in the last 600 years in a marine environment”, so that the effect of the plastic and absorption, and toxicity may persist for a long time after that, the gear will lose its shape,” according to Greenpeace.
Louissa Treats, an oceans campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said that the results say as much about the problems of the V. K’s coasts, as they do on the issue around the world.
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Ghost gear is a major source of ocean plastic pollution and the affects on the marine life in the uk as much as anywhere else,” she told The Guardian. “In the uk’s waters do not exist in a vacuum, such as the oceans, are not frontiers. The governments of the world need to take action to protect our global oceans, and to keep the under-regulated fishing industry in order to take account of its hazardous waste. It has to start with a global ocean treaty being agreed at the United Nations conference on it next year.”
A recent study has found that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a huge pile of marine debris connected to each other by the ocean currents in the Pacific ocean, it has 42,000 tonnes of megaplastics, 86 per cent of the fishing gear.
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Greenpeace is saying the spirit gear, which was not only the result of illegal or unregulated fishing, as well as from the over-crowded fisheries.