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originally posted by: radarloveguy
"After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead,"
"We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of
rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big
tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening.
"I've done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I'm used
to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding
birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing
alive to be seen."
DAVIS, California -- Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled
from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained
man-made debris — plastic or fibrous material — in their
guts, according to a study from the University of California,
Davis, and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia."Indonesia has
some of the highest marine life richness and biodiversity on
Earth, and its coastal regions — mangroves, coral reefs and
their beaches — are just awash in debris," said co-author
Susan Williams, a professor with the UC Davis Bodega Marine
Laboratory who has worked on projects in Indonesia for the
past several years. "You have the best and the worst
situation right in front of you in Indonesia."
Meanwhile, the U.S. has highly advanced systems for
collecting and recycling plastics. However, most
Californians wash their clothing in washing machines,
the water from which empties into more than 200
wastewater treatment plants offshore California.
The authors theorize that fibers remaining in sewage
effluent from washing machines were ingested by fish
sampled in the state.