Credit: Kathleen Wessel
Garbage in ocean and coastal waters, especially from plastic, is an economic, environmental, human health and aesthetic problem that causes major problems in the coastal communities around the globe, including the Gulf of Mexico.
Researchers from the Doping Marine Laboratory and the Mission-Aransas National Reserve have conducted two-year research to document the problem in the Gulf of Mexico. Their results are documented Maritime pollution bulletin.
From February 2015 to August 2017, researchers wash off at sea shores annually at 12 different sites across the Pacific Ocean in North Padrès Island, Texas, in the nine horde islands in Santa Rosa, Florida. Cart is sorted by type, frequency and location.
On the Texas coast, 10 times more garbage was removed than any other Gulf States throughout the year.
Most of the garbage products from 69 to 95% were plastic. Plastic items include bottles and bottles, beams and broken plastic parts. Researchers also reported that many garbage dumped in the desert in spring and summer. Perhaps during this time many people are outside and in the water.
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