It’s painful to see such a massive problem
truck-full of pollutants hits our oceans every minute. Half of all marine life has disappeared in just the last 40 years.
Plastic pollution alone has already impacted 44 per cent of all seabird species and 43 per cent of all marine mammals. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
These shocking findings and predictions come from respected bodies such as the CSIRO and Zoological Society of London.
The prevalence of marine debris has become so widespread it’s predicted that sea birds who suffer from plastic ingestion may reach 95 per cent of all species by 2050, according to the CSIRO.
A 2016 study also indicated that fishing gear, balloons and plastic bags were considered the biggest entanglement threat to marine life.
With plastic items making up approximately threequarters of the rubbish along Australia’s coast, there are groups and individuals work- ing hard to improve the situation on beaches, groups such as the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife who, along with others, organise ocean clean-up projects and community education programs. Individuals who use their local beach regularly for exercise, dog walking or relaxation tend to be invested in keeping it clean and free of man-made debris, although things are never black and white.
Beach users (with or without dogs) inevitably disturb foraging sea birds.
At the same time, walkers picking up debris are reducing the risk to sea birds of entanglement, ingestion, infection or suffocation.
Our coastline is vast, and remote coastal strips and offshore islands can offer quieter and safer nesting spots for bird species. However, plastics remain a threat on shore and under the waves.
Join the walkers and others who regularly pick up manmade debris off our beaches.
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DANGER ZONE: A turtle swims past a plastic bag. Rubbish from humans poses threats to all kinds of sea creatures.