Catalyst ABC TV – Plastic Oceans Oceans are silently choking on our plastic waste. Plastic and synthetic materials are the most common types of debris in our oceans and are having horrific impacts on marine wildlife and systems. As an island continent “girt by sea” marine debris is of particular importance for Australia. Creatures get entangled in plastics and drown and ingested concentrated toxins from plastics pose a threat to the health of the food chain. Plastics also transport and introduce species into new environments. Anja Taylor catches up with the CSIRO research team spearheading the Marine Debris Survey, a world first study of the plastics around our coastline.

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  1. Excellent, during the Deluge of SE QLD, January 10th 2011. I saw thousands of pet bottles and plastic bags washing down the creeks to the ocean due to long term littering and high water levels. I abhor this long term damage to the worlds waaterways and oceans. We need a more biodegradable polymer. ASAP……

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