There is believed to be over 46, 000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of the ocean. And It is projected that by the year 2050, our waters will have more litter than fish.
Over a thousand sea creatures die each year, because of plastic. Whales, sea turtles, sea birds and many other fish wash up with stomachs full of plastic. The plastic clogs their digestive system and they ultimately starve to death. Other marine animals get tangled up with litter, which inhibits their ability to swim and sadly drown in their own habitat.
Canadians use approximately 57 million straws every day. And all around the world, straws are one of the top ten items found on ocean and beach litter surveys. Vancouver has stepped up, in an environmental cry for help, and proposed to ban plastic straws by June of this year.
Marine Biologist, Kenadee Maxwell says she believes that it is a step in the right direction to saving our oceans. And even though June might be an unreasonable date, she says if everyone plays their part, the future could be plastic free and our oceans would stay water.
Listen to the full interview with Marine Biologist and Sharks Researcher and Conservationist Kenadee Maxwell to learn more about how to save our ocean.