Arctic Circle strewn with Plastic

Even as far away as the Arctic Circle, a pristine wilderness or, 

one that was, has ocean plastics building up at an alarming rate. Researchers are now highly concerned about the huge concentrations of microplastic fragments in sea ice!


have found plastic litter, deposited by the ocean, almost everywhere in the Arctic region. Discarded and broken fishing equipment is to be found on a huge scale, mostly made of man-made fibres and plastic. Through the decades the ocean has been used as a dumping ground for almost everything, regardless of laws and restrictions. This misuse of the ocean will take years to clean up, even now when we would act immediately. Many politicians, fisherman, the general public and probably the entire human race has not fully registered the extent of the problem and the impact it will have in generations to come.

Garbage destroying our world oceans and earth – concept with plastic bottles fish eating the planet

Following a research programme from the Norwegian Polar Institute, it is said that not only mammals, fish and other marine species are affected, also the polar ice. It was reported that 234 particles of plastic have been found concentrated into just one litre of melted Arctic sea ice. The sea ice forms from the top, downwards trapping floating plastic particles as it freezes. The impact on wildlife in the Arctic as the ice melts is not quite understood yet. Fishermen are worried about their reputation for having pristine, non polluted fish.

In Svalbard:

the Northern Fulmar breed. During the 1970’s scientists found very little plastic contents in their stomachs, 2013 it had already reached more than 200 pieces of plastic as stomach content. The amount is still on the increase and is threatening the wild bird populations.

Other creatures get entangled in nets washed up on the shore line. Reindeer for example, are not able to free their antlers from castaway nets, and die in the process for the fight for freedom. Ghost nets placed in the water and cut off fishing ropes cause huge damage to animals, mammals, birds and the ocean itself.

The magnitude of this massive problem has always been underestimated, but now is time for action before it is too late. Plastic bags, drinking straws, plastic cutlery and plates, takeaway coffee cups and lids are just a few of the items that we need not use.

Plastic in our daily lives

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