The "Foresight Future of the Sea" report states that oceans have seen "unprecedented change as a result of direct human activity and climate change."
According to the study, the rise of plastic in the ocean is just as large of a problem for marine environments as rising temperatures, rising sea levels and chemical pollution. The report furthers that 70 percent of marine litter is non-degradable plastic and is projected to increase.
This plastic has been found to choke marine wildlife and has become a part of the ocean food chain, exposing marine life to toxic chemicals that ultimately end up on our plates when we eat seafood.
Executive Director of the National Oceanography Centre and Professor, Ed Hill, said, 'There is still more work to be done to achieve greater knowledge of the marine environment and the impacts of climate change. This will be critical for making a success of the future that this report anticipates."
An estimated 150 million tons of plastic is floating in our oceans. An additional eight million tons enters the ocean each year, according to the World Economic Forum. At the current rate, it is possible that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
We here at 4Ocean are dedicated to conserving the ocean and doing everything we can to reverse these negative effects of ocean pollutions. We have full-time captains and cleanup crew members out on the water 7 days a week and host many beach cleanups and dives to rid the ocean and coastlines of trash. Our efforts are funded by the purchase of our 4Ocean Bracelets.
This year, each bracelet sold will not only remove a pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines but also help fund the projects and campaigns of our monthly partners to help conserve the planet.
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As we got closer to the ocean floor, we began to approach a reef; this reef was nothing short of epic. The colours were bright and everything appeared to be healthy with marine life flourishing... that was until the current changed. Within seconds, this heaving reef became surrounded with plastic and rubbish.