March 18th, 2011, posted by Shore Crew Tags: David de Rothschild, Fish, Lifestyle, Oceans, Plastics, Waste

Marine debris – such as plastic waste, discarded fishing nets and industrial products – pose a serious threat to wildlife, livelihoods and human health. A staggering 8 million items of marine litter are thought to enter the world’s oceans and seas every day having a huge impact upon ocean health.

New research also suggests that plastic broken down into small fragments in the ocean may absorb a range of toxic chemicals linked to cancer, and these smaller pieces are the very things that appear to be food to our oceans inhabitants. And it doesn’t stop there, some of the species consuming these chemicals are then fished and enter our own food chain – hard to stomach when the problem lands on your dinner plate isn’t it?

Solutions to this fast growing problem of marine debris are needed more than ever before. And that’s what the 400+ marine debris experts, scientists, industry representatives, artists and ocean lovers hope to come up with over the 3 day International Marine Debris conference in Honolulu, Hawaii from 22nd – 25th March 2011.

Attendees of the debate include: David de Rothschild, adventurer and expedition leader of the Plastiki, April Crow, Global Sustainable Packaging Manager, Coca-Cola Company, Steve Russell, Vice President of Plastics, American Chemistry Council, David Osborn, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kris McElwee, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

We’re excited to see what they come up with. You can also get involved and do your bit by committing yourself to take action at home, in your school, your community, your city and your country by reducing waste – because waste is the main source of marine debris. Marine debris is a local and global problem, so let’s do our part to stop it now, and don’t forget to let us know how you get on, or to share any tips you have by leaving your comments here.

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