Plastic pollution has reached the deepest parts of the ocean, according to data released by Sky Ocean Rescue today.
Organisms have been sampled from six of the world’s deepest ocean trenches, with plastic found inside the stomachs of creatures from all locations.
One hundred percent of the creatures tested in one of the areas had plastic in their gut. The lowest level of pollutants found was around fifty percent. The report proves that plastic has reached the deepest parts of the ocean and is being ingested by the animals that live there.
Local environmental group, The Dorset Devils, run volunteer projects to clear litter from across the South West Coast. The group also focus on raising awareness about the importance of clearing litter and work with local schools.
Founder of the Dorset Devils, Peter Ryan, trains volunteers who then go out in their local area to pick up litter and encourage their community to do so.
Peter explains one of the ways the Dorset Devils are tackling the plastic pollution problem.
According to National Geographic, with more than 8 million tons of plastic dumped in our oceans every year, it is expected that by 2050 the amount of plastic in the ocean could weigh more than the entire fish population.