Trash Talk: How plastic is strangling our ocean

Pacific Yachting June 2011

by Marianne Scott

 

Four years ago, UVic engineering graduates Ryan and Bryson Robertson (brothers) and Hugh Patterson bought a 40-foot sloop to sail around the world documenting the state of our oceans.   What they found were oceans and beaches filled with “synthetic polymers”.  From fishing floats to water bottles a soup of plastics littered the ocean interfering with the food chain that sustains marine life.  There findings globally were reinforced locally with Raincoast’s most recent paper on the distribution of plastic debris on the BC coast.

Read the fully story  Pacific Yachting-OceanPlastic 2011

 

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