Earth Day 2016 – 5.25 trillion Pieces of Plastic Debris In The Ocean

Friday, April 22, 2016

Public Domain - Kamilo Beach

Kamilo Beach – Public Domain Photo

There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. 269,000 tons float on the surface – Do your part to keep our Oceans clean. Garbage in our waters not only looks bad, but it can cause problems for boaters and for wildlife that live in or around the water. The MARPOL treaty requires a placard on all U.S. vessels 26′ or longer. One or more placards must be prominently posted for all crew and passengers to read. In addition, a written waste management plan is required on all U.S. oceangoing vessels 40′ or longer, which are engaged in commerce or are equipped with a galley and berthing. Boaters who witness suspected violations of vessel garbage dumping laws may report the violations to the nearest Marine Safety Office or Captain of the Port. If you witness a violation, get as much information as possible about the suspected vessel, including the vessel’s registration number and state, the vessel’s name and description, what was thrown overboard, and the location and time of the incident.  Anyone witnessing an oil spill, chemical release or maritime security incident should call the NRC hotline at 1-800-424-8802.

Let’s all do our part to keep our waters clean for today’s and future generations to enjoy!

 


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