Approximately 10 million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans each year. And 200 million tons of these same plastics are already in the oceans.
Microplastic pollution of surface waters is only one aspect of a much larger phenomenon – ocean plastic pollution – affecting all of the world’s seas. The scientific community is just beginning to understand the extent of this problem and the associated challenges to maintaining the good ecological status of marine ecosystems.
In order to consider solutions to this multiform ecological disaster, reliable quantitative and qualitative data are still needed.
Acting at the source? Yes, but which source? Limiting losses along rivers, in cities? Changing our mentalities and our consumption patterns?
One thing is certain: the global production of plastic shows no sign of abating. To date, humans have generated more than 8 billion tons of plastic.