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Posted on June 21, 2017 - 3:22pm, by nwehner
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Via The Daily Catch

"Data from a six-month study, conducted by Dutch intern Robin Fokker, indicates that 44% of the beach users are picnickers, followed by 35% of beach walkers, and 10% of fishermen. Whereas 39% of the marine debris documented on the beach was predominantly fishing related, this proportion did not include the popular litter items found worldwide, such as cigarette butts, food wrappers, and plastic bottles. This is interesting enough due to the fact that fisherman contribute 39% of the litter along the coast but only make up 10% of the beach users, and that’s without their food and beverage litter!"

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Posted on June 16, 2017 - 6:35pm, by abrown
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Via The Guardian

"Beaches on remote Arctic islands are heavily polluted with plastic, a new expedition has found, demonstrating that the region is the dumping ground for waste carried northwards on the Gulf Stream."

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Posted on June 14, 2017 - 4:10pm, by nwehner
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Via Quartz

"Every year, millions of tonnes of plastics are produced and trashed, with a small portion ending up in the sea, and gobbled up by tiny fish. Even though countries don’t report on how much plastic they are flushing, a recent study suggests that around 86% of the plastic running through rivers was coming from a single continent—Asia."

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Posted on June 14, 2017 - 4:05pm, by nwehner
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VIa Plastics News

"The American Chemistry Council is criticizing a major U.N. conference on the oceans for pushing bans or reductions in the use of some plastic products, saying it would have liked to see more attention on broader solutions to ocean pollution like improving waste management."

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Posted on June 12, 2017 - 5:24pm, by abrown
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Via PNG Industry News

"AUSTRALIA’S Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is undertaking the world’s largest marine pollution survey, working with countries across the globe to help them assess and reduce the amount of litter entering the oceans."

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