For the Record – Julie Dimitrijevic

Lya Fichmann – December 7, 2018

On today’s episode of For the Record we talked to ocean researcher Julie Dimitrijevic, about the impacts of plastic in our marine ecosystems. She has been currently studying the impact of micro-plastic in blue mussels and she speaks about what motivates her to get to know more about our oceans, including the Straight of Georgia and other places in British Columbia.

According to Greenpeace, 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produces since 1950. This weight is equivalent to almost a billion elephants. And so far, only 9% of all this plastic has been recycled, while 12% has been burned and the remaining 79% has ended up in landfills and the environment.

In order to understand the harms plastic can cause, it’s important to separate it into two categories:

Macroplastic

Macroplastics are large and clearly visible particles of plastic that can be caught, such as bottles, bags, containers and more.

Microplastic

Microplastics are small plastic pieces (less than five millimeters) which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life, such as contact lenses, gel nails and more.