A team of researchers discovered that around 5 trillion plastic materials are present in the oceans of the world. This number of plastic is equal to nearly 38,500 garbage trucks.
The study uncovers that these plastic items are awfully influencing the life and health of sea mammals. The concerned authorities carry out certain trash operation every month in order to provide safe future to sea organisms.
The chief goal of the researcher is to determine the impact of synthetic material on the marine ecosystem through this research. They went on approximately 24 trips to gather the data for the research. They utilized a mesh net to collect the small plastic materials that floats on the sea surface. On the other hand, experts on boat calculated the number of large plastic items.
Afterwards, researchers used specific computer models in order to calculate the plastic material. However, they merely counted the plastic located at the surface on the sea. They did not include the material lying on the floor of the ocean.
Earlier, Spanish researchers carried out a research which revealed similar amount of plastic present on the ocean of the world. However, both the group of researchers performed the study with different methodologies.
Kara Lavender Law of the Sea Education Association informs that the experts accumulated the data from the regions which are not in the reach of scientists. Some of these areas are Southern Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.
The report published in the Journal PLOS ONE.