Huge mahalo @kikerikee and everyone else who took the time to come to our most recent reef and beach cleanup! Plastic fragments and resin pellets are unfortunately common within marine environments (Ogata et al., 2009) and the open ocean. (Moret-Ferguson et al., 2010). Plastic in the ocean is not only an issue in itself, but the chemicals contained in plastics as additives can be toxic when transported into marine organisms. (Mato et al., 2001). Toxic PCBs have been transferred into seabirds through direct ingestion of plastic (Yamashita et al., 2011) and through digestion of prey in which PCBs have biomagnified through the food chain. A study focusing on PBDEs, chemicals applied to plastics as flame retardants, found that of the seabirds examined, each had 0.04-0.05 g of plastic in their stomachs. (Tanaka et al., 2012). PBDEs have been classified as persistent organic pollutants, (UNEP, 2001) meaning their rate of bioaccumulation, persistence, and toxicity make environmental degradation almost impossible. Plastics and the chemicals associated with them can have major negative effects on the health of marine ecosystems. To help reduce the impact of plastic on the ocean avoid using single-use plastic and join us at one of our upcoming reef & beach cleanups or do your own!
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