Plastics in the Marine Environment

• 50% or more of marine litter is in some form of plastic. Examples include: raw plastic pellets, plastic bags and sheeting, monofilament fishing nets and multi-pack soda can holders
• Plastics are the most common man-made object sighted at sea. During a 1998 survey, 89% of the trash observed floating in the North Pacific Ocean was plastic
• The raw form of plastics, called resin pellets, constitute a large part of marine debris that go relatively unnoticed by humans, but unfortunately they look like food to many marine species.
• Plastic sheeting has been documented in the stomachs of sperm whales, round-toothed dolphins and a Curvier beaked whale.
• Many sea turtles frequently swallow plastic bags when they mistake them for jelly fish, which is one of their favorite foods.
• Many common plastic objects such as bottles, sheeting and Styrofoam cups were found on remote Arctic beaches of the southern Beaufort Sea

TBSEF supports a complete ban on plastic shopping bags and a plastic eco-tax to support 100% recycling for all other plastics.