Please select your home edition
Edition
Musto 728x90 3

Spotlight on world's waste in the search for missing aircraft

by Media Services on 15 Apr 2014
Plastic over the oceans .. ©
The search for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has not turned up any evidence of a crash, but it has trained the world’s gaze on thousands of pieces of junk floating on the ocean’s surface.

Much of that debris could be made up of plastics and rubbish that have washed away from coastal communities, polluters and cargo containers from ships, according to ocean advocacy group, One World One Ocean.

Here are just some of the facts about what’s floating in our oceans:

The Pacific Garbage Patches: The most heavily-researched and well-known example of plastic pollution in the ocean is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, made up of some 3.5 million tons of plastic beverage bottles, grocery bags, and plastic goods that have been pushed together by water currents that circulate between the west coast of North America and the east coast of China and Russia.


The Five Ocean Gyres: Pollutions can easily get caught in one of the five 'gyres' of the ocean: the northern and southern Atlantic gyres, the Indian Ocean gyre, and the northern and southern Pacific gyres. The term describes water that moves in a circular, rotational current over a vast space in the ocean, pulling in stray plastics as it moves until they collide and merge with one another. Because these gyres are trafficked heavily by cargo ships, the garbage patches contain large objects that have gone overboard from ships, including entire cargo containers.

Indian Ocean’s Plastic Problem: Researchers only began focusing on plastic pollution in the Indian Ocean in recent years, and in 2010 discovered garbage patches much like the famous Pacific Garbage Patch, according to Coastal Cares, another clean ocean advocacy group.

Plastic Breaks Down: As the garbage floats into the gyres it is broken down by salt and UV rays and begins releasing chemical properties into the water that then enter the food chain via fish right up to humans, according to the Scripps Institute at the University of California San Diego. The plastics also fall into smaller pieces that can make them difficult to clean up.

www.oneworldoneocean.com/blog/entry/plastics-breakdown-an-infographic

X-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 1Allen Brothers MBW 660 Purchase PowerAbell Point Marina 660x82 Moor

Related Articles

Lisa Blair teams up with B&G to sail Antarctica
B&G is pleased to sponsor Lisa Blair in her upcoming bid to complete the Antarctica Cup Ocean Race. B&G is pleased to sponsor Lisa Blair in her upcoming bid to complete the Antarctica Cup Ocean Race. Lisa will be competing against the clock, attempting to beat the current speed record set by Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov in 2008. Lisa is the first woman to compete in the race and, in doing so, aims to be the first woman ever to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop, and unassisted.
Posted today at 4:17 am
Quantum announced as official sailmaker of the Pineapple Cup
We're pleased to announce that we've partnered with Quantum as the official sailmaker of the Pineapple Cup and Cuba Cup! We're pleased to announce that we've partnered with Quantum as the official sailmaker of the Pineapple Cup and Cuba Cup! Quantum Sails is one of the premier sailmakers in the world, providing not only sails but a wealth of resources and expertise to their clients.
Posted today at 3:33 am
Details of MIA Marina Traineeship revealed
MIA is excited to announce that a nationally recognised MAR30315 Certificate III in Marina Operations is now available The MIA is excited to announce that a nationally recognised MAR30315 Certificate III in Marina Operations is now available for the marina industry commencing in NSW and QLD in 2017 and other States to follow.
Posted on 5 Dec
Figaro Bénéteau 3 – The world’s first production foiling monohull
In 2019, as the Solitaire URGO celebrates 50th anniversary, the Figaro Bénéteau 3 will take over from its predecessor In 2019, as the Solitaire URGO– Le Figaro celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, the Figaro Bénéteau 3 will take over from its illustrious predecessor, the Figaro Bénéteau 2, which has been sailing the length and breadth of the French and Atlantic coasts since 2003.
Posted on 4 Dec
Melges 40 successfully complete sea trials with flying colors in Dubai
The Melges 40™ is the largest, fastest and only canting keel sailboat ever offered by Melges Performance Sailboats The Melges 40™ is the largest, fastest and only canting keel sailboat ever offered by Melges Performance Sailboats (MPS), designed by Botin Partners Naval Architecture and built by Premier Composite Technologies (PCT). With great confidence, it confirms the continued success of a wide and diversified family of sailboat products.
Posted on 4 Dec
Celebrating 10 Years at DeckHardware
To celebrate the Yeomans' family owning DeckHardware for 10 years they have some special pricing online only To celebrate the Yeomans' family owning DeckHardware for 10 years they have some special pricing online only! They have a wide range of products on special until Saturday 11.59pm. To receive special pricing the order must be placed online. Let's put the brand new website to the test!
Posted on 3 Dec
Twin Disc redefines Marine Power Steering
Redefining power steering, Twin Disc offers its next-generation E-STEER™. Redefining power steering, Twin Disc offers its next-generation E-STEER™. This state-of-the-art control solution connects the helm to hydraulic-powered rudder(s) electronically and delivers a whole new driving experience.
Posted on 3 Dec
New VicEmergency app launched
The new VicEmergency app provides Victorians with access to warnings and incidents for fires, floods and water safety. The new VicEmergency app provides Victorians with access to warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquake, tsunamis and water safety.
Posted on 2 Dec
Premium prizes up for grabs for Marine Rescue NSW supporters
Marine Rescue NSW has today launched its biggest fundraiser of the year, with $229,600 in prizes Marine Rescue NSW has today launched its biggest fundraiser of the year, with $229,600 in prizes, including a 4WD, fishing boat, jet skis, luxury travel and VIP sports tickets.
Posted on 2 Dec
First ever Marina Traineeship announced
A new traineeship for the marina industries was launched today at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia A new traineeship for the marina industries was launched today at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia by the Marina Industries Association and the Registered Training Organisation, Safety Corp. The traineeship is called Certificate III in Marina Operations.
Posted on 2 Dec