Review Of ROV Data Shows Abundance Of Single-Use Plastics Littering Deep Sea

Source: Smithsonian/Jason Daley

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These days, plastic is almost a way of life. Soda, water and iced coffee come in disposable plastic cups; plastic bags are handed out with even the smallest purchase. Fruit is sometimes even sold swathed in plastic wrap.

But the decades of this plastic binge have consequences—especially in the oceans, where much of that waste ends up. By 2050, according to a 2017 U.N report, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish if plastic use continues at its current rate. And a new study shows there’s hardly a spot left in the oceans not affected. A review of deep ocean dives over the last 35 years reveals a startling degree of plastic debris in the remotest depths of the seas, reports The Telegraph.

According to the study, currently in press at the journal Marine Policy, researchers analyzed reports, videos and photos collected in the Deep-sea Debris Database established in 2017 by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology.

The database includes reports from 5,010 deep sea submersible and remote operated vehicles dives undertaken since 1983.

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