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Ten Things You Should Know About Marine Debris

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By: Dianna Parker

The National Ocean Service complied a list of 10 Things You Should Know About Marine Debris. Here are the first three:

1. It doesn’t stay put. 

While a lot of debris sinks, much also floats. Once this marine debris enters the ocean, it moves via oceanic currents and atmospheric winds. Factors that affect currents and winds (for example, El Niño and seasonal changes) also affect the movement of marine debris in the ocean. Debris is often carried far from its origin, which makes it difficult to determine exactly where an item came from.

2. It comes in many forms. 

Marine debris comes in many forms, ranging from small plastic cigarette butts to 4,000-pound derelict fishing nets. Plastic bags, glass, metal, Styrofoam, tires, derelict fishing gear, and abandoned vessels are all examples of debris that often ends up in our waterways.

It’s your problem, too.

Marine debris is a problem for all of us. It affects everything from the environment to the economy; from fishing and navigation to human health and safety; from the tiniest coral polyps to giant blue whales.

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Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

2 thoughts on “Ten Things You Should Know About Marine Debris

  1. Pingback: Ten Things You Should Know About Marine Debris – oecolog

  2. Some very interesting tips that should make us open our eyes and react to this serious problem.
    Our planet and future generations will thank.
    Best regards.

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