The rise in ocean plastics evidenced from a 60-year time series

Plastic production has increased exponentially since its use became widespread in the 1950s. Here we present a new time series, from 1957 to 2016 and covering over 6.5 million nautical miles, based on records of when plastics have become entangled on a towed marine sampler. This consistent time series provides some of the earliest records of plastic entanglement, and is the first to confirm a significant increase in open ocean plastics in recent decades.

>> read more