There is a silent predator in our oceans: abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear, known as ghost gear. This type of waste can scour the ocean bottom, trap and drown marine wildlife and endanger navigation and fisher economies. Globally, 66% of marine mammals, 50 % of seabirds and all sea turtles species have been impacted by trash in our oceans, including discarded fishing gear.
Plastic is everywhere. From beaches in Indonesia to the remotest Arctic, it is silently choking our planet. Plastic has contaminated the soil, rivers and oceans. Many of us are doing our part to reduce plastic pollution by recycling and reducing single-use items, but it's just not enough. Governments must step up to take accountability and end this pollution epidemic.
Ask our government leaders to establish a global legally-binding agreement to stop plastics from leaking into our oceans.