Conservationists warn of the pollution that plastics cause in the oceans.
Recent research has shown that over 171 trillion pieces of plastic are in the world’s oceans. The majority are “microplastics.” Microplastics is a term used to describe particles that are less than 5mm in size. These microplastics can cause pollution through a number of sources including cosmetics and clothing, food packaging and industrial processes.
Anja Brandon, Associate Director of U.S. Plastics Policy for Ocean Conservancy, says: “Microplastics, because of their size and shape, are available to all food webs.” Microplastics can lodge in tissues and guts of animals, including gills. This poses a problem for the entire food chain.
Anja Brandon Protecting the Oceans
Ocean Conservancy is a group of environmental activists that promotes healthy ocean ecosystems and prevents marine pollution. They also advocate against practices that endanger oceanic life and human lives. The nonprofit has as one of its main missions to eliminate plastic pollution.