Plastic Debris in the World's Oceans

Publication - 2 November, 2006
It is probably a common conception that marine debris consists of just a few pieces of rubbish scattered along the strand line of beaches and is of no harm to anyone. Unfortunately this is not the case. Marine debris has become a pervasive pollution problem affecting all of the world’s oceans. It is known to be the cause of injuries and deaths of numerous marine animals and birds, either because they become entangled in it or they mistake it for prey and eat it.

Toothbrushes found during a beach clean up.

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Executive summary: Updated version posted 9 November 2006.

Num. pages: 44

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