For years we’ve been hearing about how plastic is reaching every corner of our ocean. Surfers have even traveled to some of the most remote locations on the planet only to find that plastic got their first. It’s no secret amongst environmentalists that plastic waste is a major problem plaguing our planet. Between the everyday products wrapped in plastic to single-use plastic bottles and grocery bags and even discarded fishing nets, the question of how much plastic is actually in our oceans has been eluding scientists.
That is, until now.
After more than six years and over 50,000 nautical miles to conduct pelagic plastic research, Marcus Eriksen, PhD, Director of Research for The 5 Gyres Institute released a study with the alarming data on the amount of plastic waste that has taken up residency in our oceans.