Like millions of people I love to spend a hot summer’s day at the beach, swimming, fishing and getting out on the water. Our ocean’s boast amazing views and an incredible array of beautiful marine life and delicious seafood.
But would you believe that the largest island in our Pacific Ocean is not a tropical paradise with cocktails by the pool, but a floating island of garbage spanning the size of Turkey!
One of the most disturbing impacts of humans on our waterways is what has become known as the Trash Vortexes; slowly revolving piles of accumulated garbage caught up in the ocean’s gyre systems. Whilst much of our rubbish and waste is sent off to landfill, millions of tons make their way into our oceans and waterways every year. Loose and abandoned rubbish gets swept or blown away into our seas and caught in the ocean’s major current systems joining together in large patches such as the Eastern Rubbish Patch in the Pacific Ocean.
Most of this garbage, particularly plastic are not biodegradable and can take up to hundreds of years to completely break down. This waste is extremely dangerous for marine life, plastics and ropes can get caught around their bodies leading to strangulation and deformity and consumption of smaller pieces can choke and poison them.Some simple changes to the way we behave can help prevent further disruption to our oceans. Remember to recycle your plastics and opt for reusable water bottles, containers and bags to reduce waste. Be mindful of how you dispose of your rubbish and as the saying goes “Take only pictures leave only footsteps” when you spend a day out in our beautiful landscapes and oceans