According to the Centre for Biological Diversity, fish in the North Pacific ingest 12,000 to 24,000 US tons of PLASTIC each year.

By 2050 there will be more plastics in the world’s ocean than fish by weight, unless we change our approach to plastic consumption

While the thought of eating plastics with your next seafood meal is an unpleasant and scary thought, all hope is not lost. If humans are able to shift the tides on plastic pollution and reduce the input of waste, and more specifically plastics entering oceans, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. With large scale frameworks being established and consumer-driven shifts away from unncessary plastic, a reduction in waste is possible.

Cleanup efforts are successful in rejuvenating areas that were once choked by plastic products and restoring their former ecological functions. It is critical that we, as a species, take responsibility for our actions and enact real and positive change for our oceans.

For the rest of this article (Asian Diver 2019 Issue 1 No 152) and other stories, check out our past issues here or download digital copy here.

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