It is estimated that plastic causes 50,000-90,000 deaths of marine animals per year. Hope this helps!
Plastics in the oceans is stilla big problem today. Even with the drive to become more environmentally friendly, companies are still churning out hundreds of millions of plastic bags every year. And the majority of those, along with other plastics, end up in the sewer systems, which drain into the sea. It is estimated that 70% of all garbage sink to the bottom of the seabed. That affects the whole food cycle.
According to the U.N., “Marine trash, mainly plastic, is killing more than a million seabirds and 100,000 mammals and sea turtles each year.”
Around 100,000 marine mammals die annually. Half of the marine reptiles are affected by plastic litter. many beachcombing land mammals get caught in nets on the shores and end up dieing. I’ve included a really good website to check out below for more details, and other one that discusses the Pacific plastic soup that is around twice the size of the continental United States.
It has been reported that up to 100,000 marine animals are killed every year due only to entrapment in plastic debris. If you consider the animals who may be poisoned or hurt due to ingestion of plastics and depending on how low in the food chain you consider an animal, the number will go up dramatically.
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