Is there a garbage patch in the Gulf of Mexico?
Thanks to the Mississippi River’s trash stream, the Gulf has some of the highest concentrations of plastic in the world. Though scientists have been studying the impacts of plastics and microplastics on aquatic ecosystems for decades, such research is just getting started in the Gulf.
What countries are dumping garbage in the ocean?
When the Environmental Protection Agency released its plan earlier this month for addressing marine litter, it named five Asian nations—China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam—as responsible for more than half of the plastic waste flowing into the oceans every year.
Do cities still dump garbage in the ocean?
It has been four years since Congress voted to ban the common practice of using the ocean as a municipal chamber pot, and with the Federal deadline set for tomorrow, New York is the only city that still does it.
How does pollution end up in the Gulf of Mexico?
Runoff and waste from cornfields, sewage plants, golf courses and oil-stained parking lots drain into the Mississippi River from vast swaths of the United States, and then flow down to the gulf, creating a zone of lifeless water the size of Lake Ontario just off the coast of Louisiana.
How many dead zones are there?
400 dead zones
Is it safe to swim in the Gulf of Mexico oil?
On one point experts agree: Beachgoers need to exercise common sense. That means avoiding swimming in water that’s visibly contaminated by oil. Crude oil contains many toxic chemicals, including volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, Rotkin-Ellman said.
Are sharks in the Gulf of Mexico?
While many people fear sharks, shark attacks on humans are extremely rare. Sharks that live in the Gulf of Mexico include the bull, thresher, nurse, hammerhead, oceanic white tip, blacktip, sandbar, shortfin mako, blacknose, and finetooth. Several species of ray also make their homes in the Gulf.