The Impact of Plastic Pollution on The Ocean
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It is estimated that between 8 to 10 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year. Plastic pollution makes up 80% of debris on both the water surface and within deep sea sediment, where it poses a severe risk to the health and safety of both marine life who may get tangled with plastic debris or ingest it by accident and also humans. There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic waste estimated to be in the world’s Oceans. 269,000 tons float, 4 billion microfibers per km² dwell below the surface. 70% of our debris sinks into the ocean’s fragile ecosystem, 15% of this float, and another 15% wash up on our beaches.
Beach Clean Ups
The staff here at the Achill Experience regularly participate in beach clean-ups of the local beaches around Achill. We are also dedicated to raising awareness of the impact plastic pollution has on the environment and wildlife through our guided aquarium tours. For more information on how you can make a difference, organise a beach clean up or just get involved follow the link below….