Some people say that our oceans are clean yet Eco Barge Services pulled out 300 kilos of trash from our islands on Monday. The North Pacific Garbage patch, a revolving trash can north of Hawaii now contains enough rubbish to cover Australia in 3m of trash. A lot of this is tiny pieces of plastic so small they are the same size as plankton. A study last year proved a ratio of 45:1 pieces of plastic to plankton, up from 6:1 in the same study in 2000. These are just a few statistics, if I told you the rest I’d need the whole paper. We need to respect our backyard, for many of us we rely on our oceans for a living.
You can make a difference to our oceans in your everyday lives by using less plastic. Using alternatives are just a matter of us not being so lazy. Plastic is commonly a convenience item however it isn’t so convenient in the long run, not to our marine life and also the fact we have to clean it up. It’s simple, plastics are like diamonds, they last forever. Our marine life aren’t so strong.
If you see a marine stranding please report it to marine parks on the statewide hotline 1300 130 372