Sail the high seas – of plastic

The world’s seas contain more than five trillion plastic pieces, suggests new analysis. The research published in Plos One journal finds plastic pollution is “ubiquitous” throughout the marine environment. It is […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The world’s seas contain more than five trillion plastic pieces, suggests new analysis.

The research published in Plos One journal finds plastic pollution is “ubiquitous” throughout the marine environment.

It is based on fieldwork carried out on 24 expeditions between 2007 and 2013 across all five sub-tropical “gyres”, coastal Australia, the Bay of Bengal and the Mediterranean Sea.

A gyre is a bit like a large slow-moving whirlpool of rotating ocean currents.

More than 268,000 tonnes of plastic floats in the waters and it has moved throughout the world’s oceans, pushed by the prevailing winds and surface currents, according to the report.