Plastic Pollution

is the biggest problem facing our oceans. 

From the tiny plastic beads found in your facewash, to plastic bags, to water bottles - every day billions of plastic items are used, and they all have one thing in common -

single use.

Many of the items in our day-to-day lives are used for a few minutes, but they're made of a material which lasts forever.

Every piece of plastic ever made still exists. 

This bad design is choking our oceans, killing our wildlife, and ultimately even harming us as dangerous chemicals are introduced to our food chain. 

The Science. 

Shearwater chick, 

80 days old: 

More than 275 pieces of plastic in its stomach

(the equivalent of 10kg of plastic in a human).

Lavers, 2014
 

Plastic debris outweights plankton 36:1 in the North Pacific gyre. 

Cpt. Charles Moore

There is a minimum of 5.25 trillion plastic particles (weighing 268, 940 tonnes) in our oceans.

Eriksen et al. (2014)

25% of fish from fish markets in the USA contained plastic.

Rochman et al. 2015

Over 700 species are being impacted by plastic. 

Gall & Thompson, 2015

Chemical pollutants move from micoplastics into fish tissue (and into our food chain).

Wardrop et al. (2016)

Canadian orcas have extremely high amounts of man-made chemicals in their bodies.

Ross (2016)

Plastic ingested by deep, deep sea organisms.

Ross (2016)

 

4 billion used per year in Australia alone. 

17 million barrels of oil used to make plastic bottles annually.

1 million disposable cups into landfill every minute.

Used for a minute, made of a material which may last forever.

My Research

Looking for plastics inside the fish that we're eating. 

I'm currently looking at commonly eaten fish in the South Pacific, and just how much plastic these fish are eating. 

This involves working with local fishermen and at community fish markets, collecting the guts while the rest of the fish is eaten or sold.

I then look in the stomach and intestines for plastic pieces. 

The research is taking plasce across the South Pacific, and currently includes French Polynesia (Marquesas, Tuamotus, Tahiti), Lord Howe Island and Henderson Island (Pitcairn group). 

Fishmarkets in Nuku Hiva, Marquesas

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