Turn the Tide on Pollution

For many marine migrants, the deep blue sea is becoming a deadly obstacle course, as solid waste and land-based pollution become unwelcome traveling companions. Marine debris, such as plastic bags, lost fishing gear, six-pack rings, and glass bottles, remain in the environment for years, killing or injuring right whales, leatherback turtles, and numerous other seafarers, that become entangled in the litter or mistake it for food.

Meanwhile, ocean pollution (80 per cent of which comes from human activities on land) sluices into our seas. Sources include billions of litres of untreated sewage containing human waste, motor oil, solvents, and miscellaneous toxic chemicals; inadequately treated waste water from industries; pesticides sprayed on gardens and crops; and nutrients, such as phosphates and nitrates, from municipal and agricultural sources. In particular, marine pollution affects estuaries and coastal waters, areas critical to migratory species.

Help turn the tide on marine debris and land-based pollution with these projects: