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Stop Ocean Littering

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We use our research to illustrate how ocean litter, especially plastics, threatens marine life and our own health. The vast majority of marine litter consists of plastic polymers found in cigarette butts, plastic bags, fishing gear, and food/beverage containers. Billions of Mermaid spheres, tiny plastic pallets used as raw materials for all sorts of plastics, are found everywhere.

We should all be concerned about marine litter is because it does not only affect marine life, but also fishing, aquaculture, tourism, and our own health. Only a tiny fraction of all plastics ends up on the beaches, most of it stays at sea. In some areas, we find already six times more micro plastics than plankton. Seven out of ten pieces eventually sink to the sea floor where they can suffocate life in the deep.

So help us save dolphins and the sea. For more information contact Dr. Stefan Harzen.