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Ocean Today. Trash talk : special feature
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Ocean Today. Trash talk : special feature
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    Marine Debris Program (U.S.) ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service, ; United States, National Ocean Service., Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, ; ... More ▼
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    The video is part of the Ocean Today educational video collection (sub-collection: Fix the ocean). It has open captions and can be viewed in regular (640 x 36) or high resolution (1280 x 720). Video's transcript: "We love the ocean. And you love something, you want to protect it. Unfortunately, the ocean is being filled with trash. And people all over the world who care about the health of the ocean are doing something about it. They're talking trash and taking action. You probably already recycle, and that's a great start. So now, let's talk about how you can prevent some of the surprising and sneaky ways that trash flows into our rivers and the ocean. Come learn about marine debris and be part of the action. There's a problem with trash in the ocean all over the world. People are generating more trash than ever, and sometimes that trash travels from cities to streams, rivers, bays, and then into the ocean, where it sometimes causes harm to coastal communities and wildlife. This issue also costs communities money when people avoid beaches and bays because of all the trash. Don't you think it's time all have an honest trash talk? We love the ocean, like you do, and we want to take care of it. So the burning question I'm sure you're all asking is, what is marine debris? Have you ever been to the beach and noticed litter, like plastic bottles or foam take-out containers on the sand? Or maybe you've been to a river or bay where there's a car tire or bags stuck in the mud on the shore? Or a bunch of deflated balloons that say Happy Birthday floating in the water? All of that junk in the water, or on the shoreline, is considered marine debris. It's anything solid and man-made in the ocean or Great Lakes that is not supposed to be there. And anything people use every day can become marine debris if they don't dispose of it properly. And I mean anything! The most common items we find when we do shoreline cleanups are plastics. But we also find rubber, cloth, glass, metal, and paper litter. Sometimes, the debris is so tiny, like a plastic microbead from your face wash, that you can barely see it in the water. Marine debris is more than just trash in the ocean. Sometimes fishers lose their gear, like fishing traps, nets, or fishing line, and it continues to drift through the water, catching animals for a long time. We call that derelict fishing gear, and it's marine debris. Have you ever seen an old boat left behind on a shoreline? Abandoned and derelict vessels are also marine debris. So let's review. Anything we use every day can become marine debris if we don't dispose of it properly or if it goes into the water by accident. Marine debris can be very small, or can be very big, and anything in between. But most importantly, marine debris is one of the biggest pollution problems facing the world's oceans and waterways today."

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