13 Jan Why is plastic a problem in the ocean?
Plastic is a problem in the ocean because it does not biodegrade, meaning it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces over time, but never completely disappears. These tiny pieces of plastic, called microplastics, can be ingested by marine animals, causing harm or death. Plastic debris in the ocean also harms marine life through entanglement, suffocation and habitat destruction. Additionally, plastic waste can also have negative impacts on human health and the economy, through damage to fishing gear, and reduction in tourism and recreation.