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The Plastic Pollution of Fishing Gear is Much Worse Than Straws

The Plastic Pollution of Fishing Gear is Much Worse Than Straws:

We love whales just as we love turtles and sharks, calling out for change when we see the animals with straws stuck in their nose or having their fins cut off for soup. And yet, despite the very well-documented pervasiveness of fishing gear as a fatal and copious presence in the ocean, having killed hundreds of thousands of the animals we love, it is not often part of the public conversation regarding ocean plastics.

Why?

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(NOAA)

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(World Animal Protection)

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(WWF)

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(World Animal Protection)

Shout out to the 650k+ marine mammals (to say nothing of turtles and sharks) killed and seriously injured in derelict fishing gear outside the US. Maybe all the talk about straws is a distraction–but it was actually supposed to be a starting point to a conversation about consumers reducing ocean plastic. 

While derelict fishing gear is mostly an industry issue, consumers can always vote with their dollars (and vote with their votes) to improve regulations in the industry. There are some initiatives going on to reduce this issue; read the article for details. 

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