Learn more about what garbage patches are, their impacts on the ocean, and what we can do about them.
Discover Marine Debris
Our oceans are filled with items that do not belong there. Huge amounts of consumer plastics, metals, rubber, paper, textiles, derelict fishing gear, vessels, and other lost or discarded items enter the marine environment every day, making marine debris one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world's ocean and waterways.
Discover more about the different types of marine debris, where it comes from, and the ways it impacts wildlife, habitats, and people. Get answers about garbage patches, and learn how you can make a difference and help solve the marine debris problem, whether you live on the coast, or hundreds of miles away!
This 15-minute special feature introduces the many types of marine debris and how you can prevent some of the surprising and sneaky ways that trash flows into our rivers and the ocean.
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