Marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter that finds its way into our seas - every year hundreds of birds, turtles and marine mammals accidentally eat or become entangled in litter. This article from Oceana describes how baby albatrosses suffer from a diet of plastic trash while this article from the BBC offers an overview of the plastic pollution issue.This video from ITV Anglia gives a sobering idea of the amount of plastic that finds its way into the oceans.
We can all play a part in turning the tide on marine litter!
Every year, the Marine Conservation Society organises the Great British Beach Clean. This year it takes part between the 15 - 18 September. You can find out more here and find your local event here.
This year, for the first time, many of the plastics collected at clean up events will be
sorted and recycled, giving them a second life as new products. Rigid
plastic and cigarette stubs that are collected will be made into
shampoo bottles and advertising boards with TerraCycle.
It's also important to avoid waste and litter reaching the sea in the first place! Don't flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the drains! In Edinburgh, you can (as I do) volunteer with the Water of Leith Conservation Trust to (among other things) collect litter from the river and walkway to prevent it reaching the sea.
As ever, text in red contains hyperlinks to other pages where you can find out more.