The Real Sources of Ocean Pollution

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Posted: Jun 09, 2021 2:50 PM

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On World Ocean Day, it’s incredible to think that more than 80 percent of the ocean remains unexplored by man. To say there is a lot about the oceans we don’t know is an understatement. 

Even what we think we know about the ocean isn’t always true. Case in point: We need to understand where ocean pollution comes from before we can effectively clean up global waters. 

Well-meaning environmentalists armed with videos of a turtle with a straw in its nose have been incredibly effective at getting people to care about the cleanliness of our oceans, but some of the narratives driven by these groups are misleading. 

Consider the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a mass of trash twice the size of Texas that floats off the coast of Hawaii. Many people assume this is bags and straws–after all, millions have seen the aforementioned video of the turtle and straw. 

In reality, the patch consists mostly of abandoned fishing

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