Australian waters polluted by harmful tiny plasticsPosted on November 28, 2013 by DrRossH in Plastic & Wildlife, Plastic Waste News
Our overall mean sea surface plastic concentration was 4,256.4 plastic pieces per km2. This mean value is higher than those reported for other regions, such as the Caribbean Sea (1,414 pieces per km2) and Gulf of Maine (1,534 pieces per km2).
However, in the subtropical gyres, plastics tend to accumulate due to converging ocean currents, and mean plastic concentrations are higher: from 20,328 pieces per km2 in the North Atlantic Gyre, to 334,271 pieces per km2 in the North Pacific Gyre. The Mediterranean Sea is also a global hotspot for plastics: it has around 116,000 plastics per km2
Australia due to its inability to stay up with modern practices used elsewhere in the world and the persistence of the government to not impose pollution restraints on big corporations, in spite of what modern research is proving, is showing again that even a small nation can have large deleterious effects to its own environment.