Photo source: The term marine debris encompasses more than plastic, including metals derelict vessels, dumped vehicles, beverage containers , glass light bulbs, beverage containers, older fishing floats , and other materials rubber, textiles, lumber.
Consequently, this emerging contaminant affects the socio-economic aspects through negative impacts on tourism, fishery, shipping, and human health".
It is estimated that there is a stock of 86 million tons of plastic marine debris in the worldwide ocean as of the end of 2013, with an assumption that 1.
But all hope is not lost, and it is certainly not too late.
It is estimated that 10% of the plastics in the ocean are nurdles, making them one of the most common types of plastic pollution, along with plastic bags and food containers.
Plastic pollution is having a negative impact on our oceans and wildlife health High-income countries generate more plastic waste per person But, most of the plastic that ends up in the ocean comes from rivers in low-to-middle income countries.
Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to ocean health worldwide. With skyrocketing plastic production, ineffective recycling, and poor waste management, between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year —enough to cover every foot of coastline on the planet! And that amount is projected to triple by 2040.
What is the current state of the plastic pollution crisis? About 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the 1950s – the weight of roughly a billion elephants or 47 million blue whales.  Only about 9% of this plastic has been recycled, 12% has been burned and the remaining 79% has ended up in landfills or the environment. 
A plastic-choked and warming ocean will create a negative feedback loop where plant and animal life suffer, less carbon dioxide is absorbed and our ability to rein in climate change is further hampered. Plastic incineration is also a problem Open burning of waste is common in many parts of the world and is a major source of air pollution.
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