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Transcript of Ocean Gyres
By: Alia Shihadeh & Ashley Gibson How does this effect us? Impact on Ocean Wildlife What is a Gyre? INTRODUCTION Ocean Gyres SOLUTIONS? The North Pacific Gyre Future Even if we stopped using plastic all together it will take 100's of years for it to all flush out of the waters- if ever. The bodies of almost all marine species, ranging in size from plankton to marine mammals, and including some of the wildest and most vulnerable species on the planet – animals that make nearly their entire living far from humans – now contain plastic. Sixty percent of 6,136 surface plankton net tows conducted in the western North Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea 1986 to 2008 contained buoyant plastic pieces, typically millimetres in size (Law et al. 2010).
Plastics turn up in bird nests, are worn by hermit crabs instead of shells, and are present in sea turtle, whale and albatross stomachs (Mrosovsky et al. 2009).
Over 260 species, includinginvertabrates, turtles, turtles, fish, seabirds, and mammals, have been reported to ingest or become entangled in plastic debris, resulting in impaired movement and feeding, reduced reproductive output, lacerations, ulcers, and death (Derraik 2002; Laist 1997). The Plastic Island? why do you think there's so much speculation on the Gyres? Do you think there's anywhere in the world that humans haven't affected? Can you think of any solutions? who would clean it? how would you even go about cleaning it? Is the garbage safer/healthier out in the water than on land? Where do you think the garbage will all end up? What do you believe could happen if nothing changes? What's the worst part of it all? As a result of this do you think were creating new systems or extremely manipulating old ones? - Greenearth
- The Clean the Oceans Project
-Operation Clean Sweep How do you think we as individuals can help? * Global scale change * - Reduce non-biodegratable waste
- Spread awareness (know where your waste goes)
-Don't use plastic bags if you don't have too. Or ever
-Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle!! Direct public attention towards the manufacturing and dumping of the plastic. What problems might arise with these solutions? Will the plastic in the oceans ever go away if humans disappeared?