Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets, and sidewalks. Rain or overwatering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean. After plastics enter the oceans they degrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results. Ocean Gyres concentrate plastic pollution in five main areas of the world’s ocean and various research groups are bringing back alarming data documenting plastics impacts.
Simple local actions can help make an impact to solve this global issue. Join us in protecting our coastlines and oceans — check out Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics resources, join us at our next beach cleanup, and pick up the next piece of plastic litter you see!