The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently shined a light on the impact of Marine debris on the lives of people.
Sadly, it’s not only sea birds, seals, and polar bears that suffer from marine debris. Human lives and livelihoods can also be adversely impacted and, in some cases, devasted by the scourge of marine debris in our oceans.
The impact is more noticeable on indigenous communities, who tend to have a closer bond and reliance on the natural environment. Key areas highlighted in the US include:
- The impact on the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, Alaska.
- The removal of abandoned fishing gear from the Pacific Northwest.
- The restoration of Alaska’s Maybeso Estuary.
- American Samoa research and prevention efforts focused on microplastics.
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