A survey on plastic pollution on Australia’s Cocos Islands has revealed the territory’s seashores are affected by an estimated 414 million items of plastic particles.
The examine led by IMAS researcher Dr. Jennifer Lavers and printed within the journal Scientific Reports estimated seashores on the Indian Ocean islands are plagued by 238 tonnes of plastic, together with 977,000 footwear and 373,000 toothbrushes.
Dr. Lavers’ analysis made headlines all over the world when in May 2017 she revealed that seashores on distant Henderson Island within the South Pacific had the very best density of plastic particles reported anyplace on Earth.
Whereas the density of plastic particles on Cocos (Keeling) Islands seashores is decrease than on Henderson Island, the full quantity dwarfs the 38 million items weighing 17 tonnes discovered on the Pacific island.
Dr. Lavers stated distant islands which haven’t got large human populations depositing garbage close by are an indicator of the number of plastic particles circulating on the Earth’s oceans.
Co-writer Dr. Annett Finger from Victoria University mentioned world manufacturing of plastic continues to extend, with nearly half of the plastic produced over the past 60-years manufactured within the final 13 years.
“Because of the expansion in single-use shopper plastics, it is estimated there at the moment are 5.25 trillion items of ocean plastic particles.
“Plastic pollution is a nicely-documented menace to wildlife and its potential impression on people is a rising space of medical analysis.
“The dimensions of the issue mean cleansing up our oceans is at the moment not attainable, and cleansing seashores as soon as they’re polluted with plastic is time-consuming, pricey, and must be commonly repeated as 1000’s of recent items of plastic wash up every day.
“The one viable answer is to cut back plastic manufacturing and consumption whereas bettering waste administration to cease these materials coming into our oceans within the first place,” Dr. Finger stated.
The plastic survey on the seashores of Cocos (Keeling) Islands was assisted by Sea Shepherd’s Marine Particles program, the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, and the Two Hands Project.