Trash is more than ugly - it kills
The presence of non-biodegradable debris in the water is a documented hazard to marine life and humans alike.
Humans are poisoned:
- Plastics, rather than biodegrading, tend to break up into microscopic pieces suspended in the water column and then are ingested by all sea creatures. There is evidence that the toxins released by these plastics are introduced into the human food chain this way.
Marine mammals, sea birds, fish and turtles are killed by:
- Ingesting plastics they misidentify as food.
- Becoming entangled and being forced to drag lines, floats and even anchors as they swim then dying of exhaustion.
- Catching synthetic line around their necks. The animals continue to grow while the line neither stretches nor degrades and they die of strangulation slowly.
- Disconnected fishing pots that litter the seafloor are engaged in ghost fishing - catching and killing sea creatures for no reason.
Marine habitats are contaminated:
- Due to their light weight plastics are carried by ocean currents and have been documented to carry foreign and invasive species from one ecosystem to another.
- Plastics, trash and fishing gear can blanket coral and other important underwater habitats
Tourism and the economy suffers:
- Visitors are driven away from contaminated and rubbish strewn beaches
- Floating bags and fishing line pose a snag hazard to motor and sailing vessels
We believe that when you see trash, you pick it up and that even the biggest pile is cleanable. And when the trash has such far reaching, negative effects on humans and sea animals alike, and we have the technology and expertise to pick it up. It is imperative that we do so.
Want to help?
You can be part of the solution every time you do your own cleanup by using Rozalia Project's data card and sending it in. We will enter it into our database and the difference you make will be doubled - cleaning up and contributing data to help us find solutions. Just download the data sheet by clicking below. Each time you do a cleanup, bring it with you, fill it out and either mail it to us, snap photos of both sides and email or you can input the data into a spreadsheet (just email us and we will send you the blank spreadsheet)! Thank you for being part of the solution!
Click here to download the marine debris data card!