Increasing levels of ocean plastic are officially CONFIRMED

Increasing levels of ocean plastic are officially CONFIRMED by a study in which 60 years of data on bags, ropes and nets are viewed

  • Experts have studied data from a plankton sampler that was recorded between 1957 and 2016
  • The Continuous Plankton Recorder has been allocated 6.5 million nautical miles
  • Experts have looked at when plastic got confused with the device
  • Plastic entanglement has increased approximately ten times since 2000

Increasing levels of ocean plastics have been confirmed by a study of 60 years of data on bags, ropes and nets in aquatic environments around the world.

Experts have found that the amount of plastic in the North Atlantic and adjacent seas has increased significantly since the 1990s.

Researchers made the finding by looking at records of plastic entanglement on a marine sampling instrument from 1957 to 2016.

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Increasing levels of ocean plastics have been confirmed by a study of 60 years of data on bags, ropes and nets in aquatic environments around the world (stock image)

Increasing levels of ocean plastics have been confirmed by a study of 60 years of data on bags, ropes and nets in aquatic environments around the world (stock image)

WHAT DO THE RESEARCHERS FIND?

Experts from the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth studied data from the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR).

They have been able to confirm an increase in plastics in the open ocean since the 1990s.

They found that the occurrence of plastic entanglement on the CPR increased from about ten times from 2000.

Fishery-related plastic entanglements, such as nets, have made the most important contribution to the increase over the past two decades.

Experts thought the southern North Sea was the most common in CPR entanglement.

Experts from the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth studied data from the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR).

This is a plankton sampling instrument that has towed more than 6.5 million nautical miles in the North Atlantic and adjacent seas since 1957.

It has captured some of the earliest records of plastics in the ocean, the team behind the research says.

Plastic production has increased exponentially since the 1950s, but there is little data on its distribution in the world's oceans.

Researchers used data from when plastics became entangled in the instrument to get an idea of ‚Äč‚Äčocean pollution.

In the study, the authors wrote: & Our findings are the first to confirm the expected significant increase in plastics in the open ocean since the 1990s.

& # 39; As the world's population continues to grow, plastic waste will continue to grow.

& # 39; The awareness that plastics are ubiquitous and that the resulting health effects still need to be fully understood has increased awareness of plastics.

& # 39; Re-education, continuing research and awareness campaigns are needed to encourage both individual action and large-scale waste management and product design decisions. & # 39;

Experts have found that the amount of plastic in the North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas has increased significantly since the 90s (inventory)

Experts have found that the amount of plastic in the North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas has increased significantly since the 90s (inventory)

Experts have found that the amount of plastic in the North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas has increased significantly since the 90s (inventory)

WHAT ARE THE LATEST PREDICTIONS FOR THE FUTURE IMPACT OF OCEAN WASTE?

The amount of plastic in the oceans is expected to triple in just ten years, a British government report warned in March 2018.

This important environmental problem threatens & # 39; out of sight, from the heart & # 39; to come up with more known about the surface of Mars and the moon than the deep seabed, it added.

The toll of plastic pollution in the sea could be 150 million tonnes by 2025 – three times the 50 million tonnes estimated in 2015.

Our oceans store carbon dioxide and heat while producing oxygen and food, the foresight future of the Sea Report emphasizes.

About the growing fire of plastic pollution, the document warned this will leave a physical presence, accumulate on coasts or in certain parts of the ocean.

The report also warned that plastic waste on the coast could increase the risk of dangerous bacteria in the water, such as E.coli.

It said efforts to reduce plastic pollution should focus on stopping it from entering the sea, developing new biodegradable materials and public awareness campaigns.

From their dataset, the authors were able to confirm the expected increase in plastics in the open ocean since the 1990s.

The first record of man-made entanglement on the CPR was in 1957, registered as a trawl soiled recorder, off the east coast of Iceland.

The second-oldest report of the man-made entanglement on the CPR was recorded as a plastic bag from northwest Ireland in 1965.

This is the first mention that a specific plastic type becomes entangled in the CPR

They found that the occurrence of plastic entanglement on the CPR increased from about ten times from 2000.

Fishery-related plastic entanglements, such as nets, have made the most important contribution to the increase over the past two decades.

Experts thought the southern North Sea was the most common in CPR entanglement.

The full findings of the study were published in the journal Nature Communications.

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