Please join us for a talk by Charlie Wild of ‘Litter Free Coast & Sea‘ and ‘Litter Free Dorset‘ on the theme of ‘PLASTIC FISH ANYONE?’ to raise awareness of the shocking problem of plastic waste polluting the sea and our food chain.
You can read some background to this important issue on the front page of The Guardian of 29th June, which revealed that Ghent University scientists in Belgium recently calculated that “people who eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year. Last August, the results of a study by Plymouth University reported plastic was found in a third of UK-caught fish, including cod, haddock, mackerel and shellfish.”
This shocking health scare is due to the fact that a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute (usually for water or fizzy drinks) and less than half are collected for recycling, with the rest ending up in landfill or in the ocean after only one single use. As a result 5-13million tonnes of plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by sea birds, fish and other organisms, and by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish, according to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
This is a free entry Meetup, but donations would be much appreciated to cover costs and refreshments. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided, and there is free parking right next to the Museum in Beres Yard.