~ dense monofilament fishing line could last for up to 600 years
~ It is really hard to quantify just how much plastic is in the ocean, but the latest figures estimate there are 51 trillion particles or 236,000 tonnes
~ There are two types of plastics that float: polyethelene, which is used to make milk jugs and plastic bags, and polypropolene, which is used for things like bottle caps, straws and dairy containers. As they travel out to sea plastics get ground down into small, hard cubes, which can be eaten by marine animals
~ 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
~ Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle our earth four times.
~ One millions sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
~ 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies