An aerial survey has recently revealed the level of pollution in the great Pacific garbage patch. Researchers found that the area was hosting much more waste than they expected. The garbage has damaging effects on the marine species, as well as on water quality, and it is, of course, man’s fault.
The great Pacific garbage patch is an area located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Debris floats around as either large or small pieces. The small ones are a result of the decomposition process. Plastic bags and bottles, as well as parts of fishing gear, are invading the waters, giving marine species a hard time.
Specialists at the Ocean Cleanup decided to go on a reconnaissance mission above the Pacific. They used a C-130 Hercules plane for the flight. They could determine that there is a high level of pollution in the Pacific. Most of the waste material is plastic. The most damaged area is located in the North of the great Pacific garbage patch.
The experts in charge of the survey stated that it was very hard for them to record the right level of pollution caused by garbage in the ocean. However, there is footage proving the impurity of the water. Massive waste concentrations were reported in the middle of the Pacific.
Water currents make it possible for garbage to travel in different parts of the ocean. However, researchers account for the increasing sizes of the great Pacific garbage patch.
The waste in the water comes in different shapes and sizes. The large ones, such as abandoned fishing nets or traps endanger animals such as whales. There have recently been reported several cases of different whale species being entangled in fishing gear. It can cause then both external and internal injuries, leading to the animals’ death.
Small pieces of plastic and other items could be inhaled by fish or other animals. Such items shouldn’t get into the wild ecosystems, as they created severe unbalance. Such results of the human actions lead to the decline of marine species.
Specialists explain that cleaning up the large pieces of garbage is easier than picking up the small ones. The aerial survey revealed that there is a significant rate of massive, solid items in the ocean. This is the adequate time to act before they start decomposing.
Other reports from specialists suggest that immediate action must be taken. Some scientists estimate that the number of alien items will be bigger than that of fish. 2050 is the deadline for the action, so environmentalists must put strategies into action as soon as possible.
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