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A garbage truck-full of pollutants hits our ocean every minute

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How frightening is this statistic? And here’s another... half of ALL marine life has disappeared in just the last 40 years.*


All sorts of rubbish ends up in our ocean... roughly the contents of one garbage truck-full every single minute! In fact, the average concentration of plastic and micro-plastic in Australian waters is 9,000 pieces per square kilometre. Plastic pollution alone has already impacted at least 267 species worldwide, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species and 43% of all marine mammals. The impacts include fatalities as a result of ingestion, starvation, suffocation, infection, drowning and entanglement.

Left: Whale entangled in net. Right: Little Tern tangled in fishing line. Photo: Geoff Ross

Sea Turtles confuse floating plastic bags with jellyfish - their favourite food. Seals, Turtles, Whales, Dolphins and Dugongs all get hopelessly entangled in floating nets discarded by commercial fishing operations. These so called ‘Ghost Nets’ float to Australia from far away seas, leaving dead and maimed animals in their wake. Globally, approximately one third of marine turtles have likely ingested debris.

Source – BBC News

 Help turn the tide NOW!

We’re currently raising funds to redress the damage done to our ocean by marine debris such as plastics and ‘ghost nets’. When you donate $75 or more, or $15 or more per month, we’ll send you an FNPW Limited Marine Edition 100% recycled, reusable shopping bag as our way of saying thanks. Only a certain number are available and it’s first come, first served. You can purchase a bag for yourself or as a gift for just $19 each (incl. postage).

We also have gifts for you… right now you can download our Marine Gift Tags for use on presents to friends and family, featuring the beautiful creatures at risk from marine debris.

Download the gift tags here

One million innocent marine animals currently die each year due to marine debris. They need our help to survive a crisis hidden beneath the waves.

Ian Darbyshire

CEO – Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife

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P.S. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.