CREDIT: Caitlin Wessel
Rubbish, especially plastics, is one of the economic, environmental, human health and aesthetic issues between the ocean and the coast, which is a major challenge for the coastal community around the world, including the Gulf of Mexico.
The Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory and the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Park conducted a two-year study to document the problem during the Gulf of Mexico coasts. Their findings are in the document Marine pollution bulletin.
In February 2015, by August 2017, researchers from the Ipar Padre Island, Texas, Santa Rosa, Florida, kept trackboards of waste ship scattered on the eleven islands on a monthly basis. The trash was sorted by type, frequency, and location.
It was an amazing find that 10 times more was thrown into the trash across the Texas coast than the rest of the Gulf States.
Most trash, 69-95%, was plastic. Plastic parts contain bottles and bottles with hats, straws and broken plastic pieces. In addition, the researchers mentioned that the trash more sank in spring and summer. This may be more people out and rinse during this time.
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