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Do you really need that shopping bag?

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 10 Mar 2011

We have all heard that discarding plastic waste at sea can lead to problems. The images to the right speak for themslelves.

Tragic!

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Parrys Raines wrote the following points in her blog post Interesting plastic facts.

  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year.
  • An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it plastic is dumped in the world's oceans every year.
  • 13 billion plastic bags are issued each year -an average of 300 per adult per year.
  • The worldwide fishing industry dumps an estimated 150,000 tons of plastic into the ocean each year, including packaging, plastic nets, lines, and buoys.
  • Last but not least but certainly the most shocking is that nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exists today.

Tags fishes, ichthyology, White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, Lamnidae,