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Prevent Marine Pollution

Pollution kills countless ocean creatures, impacting hardest on coastal waters, the areas richest in biodiversity and the marine resources we depend on most. At least 80 per cent of this waste comes from land, through networks of streams, rivers, wetlands, and lakes. And just about every human activity — from how we get around to how we cultivate crops — contributes to the problem. Some major factors are:

Countless seals, whales, and birds become injured or die every year from entanglements in fishing gear, six-pack rings, and other floating trash. Lost nets strip the seas of life, diminishing fishers’ catches. Marine debris also harms seafarers by damaging boat propellers, blocking water intake valves, and causing accidents.

Pollution Prevention Projects

Assess the Mess

Find Out What’s Being Done

Cut Solid Waste Off at Its Source

Stem the Tide of Land-based Pollution