Plastic Pollution Is Not The Solution

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Kayla Cooper Professor Aaron Peters Writing 39C/ Section: 33335 1 May 2015 Plastic Pollution is not the Solution Right now a baby seal is choking on a six pack ring of plastic that someone left on the beach last night. Right now a lantern fish is erroneously eating a piece of plastic thinking it is food. Right now a sea turtle is mistaking a plastic bag for a jelly fish. Little do many know that thousands of marine animals die every year from ingesting plastic. Many are also unaware that lantern fish are one of the most common bait fish in the ocean that provide food to tuna, salmon and other fish we consume daily; they have various types to mercury poisoning due to plastic. Although plastic is one of the greatest materials ever…show more content…
This money could very well be used for more resourceful purposes such as endangered species because 10,000 species go extinct each year. 5 trillion pieces of plastic is killing over 100,000 marine animals each year and leading to mercury poisoning in humans as well as other health related risks. Although many recognize that there is a problem with plastic pollution in the ocean many are unaware of how extreme this problem actually is and how quickly it is progressing. Plastic was first introduced in the 1950’s and it only took 10 years for scientists to begin to recognize the presence of plastic in the ocean. In 1972, J.B Colton of the National Marines Fisheries Service in Rhode Island published articles in Science warning that the toxic from plastic in the ocean was at its all-time worse and he predicted that it would not be long until the toxic would affect marine animals (Moore 1). “The increasing production of plastic, combined with present waste-disposal practices, will probably lead to greater concentrations on the sea surface” (Colton 1). Later on that same year the 1972 Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act was approved and passed by the U.S. Congress in order to regulate ocean dumping of waste and provided a research program on ocean dumping. However, this does not solve the problem of the amount of plastic in the ocean. What was not realized at this time was the fact that ocean dumping was not the only
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