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What is Marine Debris?


Marine Debris is any trash that ends up in the ocean.


Marine debris is any human-made trash that is thrown out and discarded into the ocean. Even though debris is produced in one country, they can arrive to many other countries by traveling across the ocean through currents. Every year, it is estimated that over a billion pounds of debris are thrown into the ocean.

The most common types of marine debris are plastics, glass, cloth, derelict fishing gear, metals, rubber, and vessels. These greatly pollute the ocean and threaten the life of many marine communities. Marine debris that is washed to shore also takes away the beauty from beaches and damage habitats on land.

What kind of trash become Marine Debris?


Trash that does not belong to the ocean becomes marine debris.

toothbrush buoy
broken plastic fork grill cleaner
propane gas tank refrigerator
plastic shoe sole plastic bottle
fluorescent light fishing net
bicycle tire lighter
detergent bottle buoy & plastic containers
plastic pallet nets & ropes
paper container torch
helmet buoy
shoe supplement drink bottle
plastic pallet styrofoam
cosmetic container rubber material
rubber boot glass bottle
ink cartridge styrofoam
pills plastic pieces
toy soldier and pieces of plastics and glass nurdles
(very small plastic pellets used to produce plastic products)
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