Up to 20 million tonnes of plastic goes into the ocean every year. That’s as much as 3 kilograms per person each year. Plastics make up roughly half of each person’s contribution to ocean pollution.
Fertilizers, manure and untreated sewage pollute the ocean at a rate of 1.4 kg per person per year. This causes hypoxia or dead zones in the ocean killing off marine wildlife and other pollutants like mercury are introduced to the ocean at small but devastating amounts.
But experts believe we can reduce ocean pollution by rethinking and modifying the way we produce and consume.