Big Numbers :

8 Million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans every year
75% of trash in the oceans are plastics
80% of marine trash transit through the coastal environment
5 000 Billion particles are floating at the surface of the Oceans

Impacts

Affected Economy

13 Billion $ per year : it is the cost induced by the marine plastic pollution.
Concerned economic sectors :
-Tourisme
-Shipping
-Fishing

Degraded quality of life

In 2025, 3/4 of mankind will be living closer than 60 km from the coast. (UNESCO, 2012)
Plastics represent a degradation of the living conditions for the coastal inhabitants.

Threatened health

Plastics are in our plates as microplastics when we eat seafood !
Toxic substances which aggregate to plastics enter the food chain ... wright down to the flesh of the fishes we eat.

© plasticoceanproject.org

Amputated biodiversity

1400 species are impacted.
100 000 marine mammals are killed each year.
94% of birds in the North sea have plastic pieces in their stomachs.
86% of marine turtles eat plastics.
39% of meso-pelagic fishes (between 200 and 1000m depth) have plastics in their stomachs.

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