Do we really know how much plastic is on our ocean? We love to sail but do we know enough about what is beneath the surface of the water that we enjoy? Take this quick quiz on what lies beneath the surface as well as what gets into the ocean.
- Where Does Your Storm Drain Empty?
What goes into a storm drain typically drains into the nearest body of water. Storm drains are separate from sewer systems.
- Tiny elves clean the water and it goes right back into circulation
- Storm drain waste is treated and released back into our wetlands, waterways and oceans
- Pool water at the local recreation center
- What flows into a storm drain heads to the ocean
- How Many Species Live in The Ocean?
According to the National Ocean Service which is part of the National Oceanic Administration the actual number of species is unknown because scientists estimate that 91% of ocean species have yet to be classified and 95% of the ocean has yet to be explored. Some numbers are currently estimated at over 700,000 named species.
- 5 Billion
- How Much Trash Is Dumped Into Our Oceans on a Yearly Basis?
Numerous studies have tabulated the amount of marine debris that is being dumped into the world’s oceans is around 1,400,000,000 Pounds with most of it originating on land. While the number has grown, we can alter that growth.
- 1,400,000,000 Pounds (billion)
- 1,400,000 Pounds (million)
- 140,000 Pounds
- 1,400 Pounds
- Where Can You Empty Your Holding Tanks?
- It is okay to empty in the marina as the local wildlife enjoys feeding on human waste.
- Emptying your holding tank just outside the marina is allowed as long as you are using biodegradable toilet paper.
- You are required to keep your holding tank full at all times in order to make sure nobody wants to use your head.
- Federal law allows for disposing of untreated waste as long as you are in the ocean and 3 miles from shore.
There are strict regulations that dictate where you can and cannot dump your waste – details can be found at boatus.org.
In 1992, US Congress passed the Clean Vessel Act to help reduce pollution from vessel sewage discharges into U.S. waters. The Grant Program established by the Act will help fund the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations to service recreational vessels.
So find a pumpout location near you and Pump It! Don’t Dump It!.
- How Long Does a Plastic Bottle That Is Dumped in the Ocean Last?
Trash Travels estimates that plastic bags can take 20 years to decompose, plastic bottles up to 450 years, and fishing line, 600 years; but in fact, no one really knows how long plastics will remain in the ocean. With exposure to UV rays and the ocean environment, plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller fragments. The majority of the plastic found in the ocean are tiny pieces less than 1 cm. in size, with the mass of 1/10th of a paper clip.
- 4 years
- 40 years
- 450 Years
- 4 Days