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Plastics Will Outweigh Fish in The Ocean: How Does It Affect You and What Should You Do?

I was sent this article by Snorkel & Fin based in Sydney, have a read of this article as it is important to see how plastics and other pollutants are slowly creeping up on us and destroying the ocean. I never thought I would be discussing this issue in my lifetime.

Make sure you read how you can help stop this!

Today, plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile, and at the current accumulation rate, plastics are expected to outweigh fish by 2050.

Did you know that the ocean produces up to 85% of the oxygen we breathe? Indeed, in every breath you take, there is a bit of the ocean. But plastic pollution threatens to destroy this life-sustaining balance.

The future of this planet, the wellbeing of our wildlife, and ultimately our wellbeing as a species is in our hands. Now is the time to act!

According to the Ocean Conservancy, about 150 million metric tons of plastic already circulate in our marine environment, and an estimated 12.7 million metric tons add up to that number each year.

These synthetic molecules have already invaded our oceans, just like the everyday chemicals harming coral reefs, that’s a fact. What is more shrouded in mystery is the way this plastic invasion is affecting our daily lives. 

According to the University of British Columbia, the world’s oceans are now home to about 437 million tons of fish; however, this number is decreasing at an alarming rate due to multiple factors including global warming and destructive fishing operations. 

At the current accumulation rate, plastics are expected to outweigh fish by 2050.

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Article by: Snorkels and Fins

By Richard Hayes

Director, Richard Hayes Digital - As a business, we are becoming concerned with our world's direction environmentally. It's time to use our voice, to speak out, and act for climate change action.