New discoveries of islands made of garbage in the ocean can cause great concern for everyone over the prevalence of marine debris on our planet. Marine debris can harm the entire ocean ecosystem and can be easily prevented by taking care to dispose of trash properly and by making sure that your gear is Eco-friendly should it go overboard by accident.
Plastics – Plastics are no being found in icebergs at both poles at an alarming rate. These plastics can impact marine life in many negative ways. These plastics can range from commonly lost items like bags, cups, or plastic bags; to industrial products; or fishing gear. We can help prevent this by using biodegradable items like a compostable trash bag on board. Or, by using items that are less likely to break and be replaced over and over.
Glass, Styrofoam, and Rubber – Commonly used in our society, these materials are broken down into smaller and smaller fragments, but they never really go away. These can have similar effects in the marine environment to plastic and they are used for a wide range of products. Their occurrence in the marine debris is overwhelming.
Derelict Fishing Gear – is recreational or commercial fishing equipment like nets, lines, crab/shrimp pots, and other that has been lost, abandoned, or discarded in the ocean. Modern gear is generally made of synthetic materials and lost gear will be a part of the marine debris for a long time. Abandoning synthetic equipment for more natural products like hemp rope.