ERIC Number: ED309045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Plastics in the Ocean: More Than a Litter Problem.
Center for Environmental Education, Washington, DC.
Environmental impacts arise from entanglement of marine animals in plastic debris and from ingestion of plastics by marine organisms. Plastic debris can cause potential threats to humans when divers become entangled or vessels become fouled in debris. The depletion of fishery resources, vessel damage, and aesthetic degradation resulting in lost tourism revenues or costly cleanup procedures all contribute to significant economic impacts caused by plastic debris. This document discusses: (1) "Types and Quantities of Plastic Debris"; (2) "Sources of Plastic Debris"; (3) "Impacts of Plastic Debris"; (4) "Regional Analysis of Plastic Debris"; and (5) "Legal Authorities Pertaining to the Disposal of Plastics in the Marine Environment." Over 125 references are listed. Appendices include funding for entanglement/debris programs and a list of related programs. (CW)
Descriptors: Animals, Conservation (Environment), Environmental Education, Marine Education, Natural Resources, Oceanography, Plastics, Science Education, Solid Wastes, Statistical Data, Waste Disposal, Wildlife
Center for Marine Conservation, 1725 DeSales St., NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Environmental Education, Washington, DC.