Experts estimate that 8,300 million metric tons of virgin plastic has been created over the years. The problem is that most of that has not been recycled, which is bad news for ocean environments. According to a recent study, roughly 8 million tons of plastic finds it’s way into the ocean every year.
A report done by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations found that a whopping 10 percent of this pollution is composed of discarded plastic fish nets. Also known as “ghost nets,” plastic fishing nets pose a particularly dangerous kind nuisance to the environment because they can accidentally trap large numbers of marine animals. In fact, the World Animal Protection estimates that roughly 30 to 40 marine animals can get caught up in each abandoned net.