Link from LGRE's newsletter. Pretty gross pictures here http://www.chrisjordan.com/current_set2.php?id=11
Nice digest published in March last year on this here.
Some good soundbites such as:
As polymer chemist and oceanographer Anthony Andrady writes, "every little bit of plastic manufactured in the world for the last 50 years or so, still remains in the environment somewhere."
This really is sickening particularly as there is almost nothing we can do about it.
On a much smaller scale I saw a Cormorant with plastic from a 4 can beer pack caught over its bill and neck preventing it from feeding. I always cut them up when I see them but if the plastic then makes it to the sea I'm sure it would look more like a meal than a red 'cola' bottle top or a disposable lighter.
I wonder how many other sea creatures are killed in the same way, it just doesn't bear thinking about.
Plastic fantastic. Really disturbing! I take daily walks along the shores of Vardo, Varanger. Considering the quite limited amount of traffic in Barents sea, I find large masses of plastic garbage on the beaches. Most of it seems to come from the oil- and fishingindustry. But still I guess it nothing compared to the socalled "great pacific garbage patch". Check out the links below. What to do?!!
On the positive side- Varanger still offers some spectacular birding: I recently saw 70 shorelarks in one flock on the beach of Vardo. Also I am looking foreward to the wintering flocks of arctic seaducks (it will be my first winter in Varanger). Last winter a raft of 7000+ king eiders was seen outside Vardo! Well, I just had to end my comment with some nice news...
Clearly there is a serious problem here. Here in southern Europe (Algarve, Portugal) major retailers are addressing this and are now using degradable plastic bags (I can vouch for the fact that a placcy bag left in full sunlight during the summer months virtually disappears in two to three weeks, unlike the 1,000 year degradation period quoted by the nay-sayers).
In "my book" it is fishermen who are the main culprits the whole world over; they come to the seaside, lakes and riverbanks in order to catch free food but leave behind an amazing volume of potentially harmful .....
You mean they swap carp for ....?In "my book" it is fishermen who are the main culprits the whole world over; they come to the seaside, lakes and riverbanks in order to catch free food but leave behind an amazing volume of potentially harmful .....
Over here, fishermen are generally very good about not leaving litter. Can't say the same for those who spend evenings in public parks getting themselves blind drunk and/or stoned, though. And why do football players always leave their half-time empty drinks bottles on the pitches after a match, too??