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In 2017, BBC series ‘BLUE PLANET II’ addressed an uncomfortable truth: Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans - and it’s our fault. Plastic pollution has since become big news. But what can be done to tackle one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time?

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A tangle of fishing nets, lines, hooks and other garbage found floating in the Indian Ocean. There was a small community of fish associated with this trash, but also fish that had been entangled and k... - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / A tangle of fishing nets, lines, hooks and other garbage found floating in the Indian Ocean. There was a small community of fish associated with this trash, but also fish that had been entangled and k...
Plastic waste discarded at sea washed up by trade winds onto Molokai Island, Hawaii. July. - David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Plastic waste discarded at sea washed up by trade winds onto Molokai Island, Hawaii. July.
Ray (Raja sp.) fish catch and plastic water bottles  on a small fishing boat,  Mediterranean sea. 'By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than there is fish' Ellen McArthur Foundation - Angelo Gandolfi
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Angelo Gandolfi / Ray (Raja sp.) fish catch and plastic water bottles on a small fishing boat, Mediterranean sea. 'By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than there is fish' Ellen McArthur Foundation
Waste in sea at Porto Moniz, Portugal,  May 2013. - Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Waste in sea at Porto Moniz, Portugal, May 2013.
A compilation of items found washed up along a half mile stretch of  the high tide line of  South Padre Island, Texas. October 2016. Some of the plastic bottles and bags of signs of nip marks from hun... - Seth Patterson
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Seth Patterson / A compilation of items found washed up along a half mile stretch of the high tide line of South Padre Island, Texas. October 2016. Some of the plastic bottles and bags of signs of nip marks from hun...
Plastic bag floating in the sea, resembling a jellyfish swimming  Dangerous to sea turtles - Sue Daly
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Sue Daly / Plastic bag floating in the sea, resembling a jellyfish swimming Dangerous to sea turtles
Sperm Whale(Physeter macrocephalus) playing with plastic bag, Vulnerable (IUCN), Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean - Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Sperm Whale(Physeter macrocephalus) playing with plastic bag, Vulnerable (IUCN), Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean
Outrigger boats catch Yellowfin tuna fishing with hook and line. Catching a Yellowfin tuna, these fishermen fish near a fish attracting device (FAD) or rumpon, attached to a raft or rakit some 100 km... - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Outrigger boats catch Yellowfin tuna fishing with hook and line. Catching a Yellowfin tuna, these fishermen fish near a fish attracting device (FAD) or rumpon, attached to a raft or rakit some 100 km...
Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) trapped in a drifting abandoned net, Mediterranean Sea. (Winner of the One Earth Award, WPY Competition 2010 ) - Jordi Chias
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Jordi Chias / Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) trapped in a drifting abandoned net, Mediterranean Sea. (Winner of the One Earth Award, WPY Competition 2010 )
Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) trapped in an abandoned drifting net, Balearic Channel, Mediterranean sea. - Jordi  Chias
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Jordi Chias / Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) trapped in an abandoned drifting net, Balearic Channel, Mediterranean sea.
Hawaiian monk seal caught in fishing tackle off Kure Atoll, Pacific Ocean. The seal was subsequently freed and released by the photographer. - Michael Pitts
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Michael Pitts / Hawaiian monk seal caught in fishing tackle off Kure Atoll, Pacific Ocean. The seal was subsequently freed and released by the photographer.
Arctic fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) dead after it was caught in abandoned fishing net. to Risoya, Troms, Norway, June. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Arctic fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) dead after it was caught in abandoned fishing net. to Risoya, Troms, Norway, June.
Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) juvenile caught on illegal long-line fishing line washed ashore on Boca China beach, Texas, USA, May. - Seth Patterson
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Seth Patterson / Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) juvenile caught on illegal long-line fishing line washed ashore on Boca China beach, Texas, USA, May.
Dead bird possibly Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle) caught in discarded fishing net, Rebbenesoya, Troms, Norway, April. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Dead bird possibly Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle) caught in discarded fishing net, Rebbenesoya, Troms, Norway, April.
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) caught in plastic cable, Sule Skerry, Scotland, UK, July - Danny Green
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Danny Green / Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) caught in plastic cable, Sule Skerry, Scotland, UK, July
Plastic straw washed up among seashells on beach, Lyngoya, Troms, Norway, April. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Plastic straw washed up among seashells on beach, Lyngoya, Troms, Norway, April.
Plastic bottle on the beach at New Brighton. Merseyside, England, February 2011. - Norma Brazendale
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Norma Brazendale / Plastic bottle on the beach at New Brighton. Merseyside, England, February 2011.
Rubbish floating in river, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2010 - Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Rubbish floating in river, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2010
Rubbish floating in river, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2010 - Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Rubbish floating in river, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2010
Rubbish overflowing from street bin, Bristol, England - Julia Bayne
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Julia Bayne / Rubbish overflowing from street bin, Bristol, England
Scientists lowering plankton net to investigate marine microplastics, from Corwith Cramer,  a 134-foot steel brigantine.  Sargasso Sea, Bermuda, April 2014. - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Scientists lowering plankton net to investigate marine microplastics, from Corwith Cramer, a 134-foot steel brigantine. Sargasso Sea, Bermuda, April 2014.
Student with vial pf micro plastics from marine samples, in the lab of the tall ship Corwith Cramer. Sargasso Sea, Bermuda. April 2014. - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Student with vial pf micro plastics from marine samples, in the lab of the tall ship Corwith Cramer. Sargasso Sea, Bermuda. April 2014.
Marine microplastics (particles with upper size limit of 5mm) washed up on a beach in  Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. January. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Marine microplastics (particles with upper size limit of 5mm) washed up on a beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. January.
Marine microplastics (particles with upper size limit of 5mm) washed up on a beach in  Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. January. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Marine microplastics (particles with upper size limit of 5mm) washed up on a beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. January.
Dorid nudibranch (Phyllidia ocellata) on discarded plastic bottle, Pulau Dofior, Raja Ampat, Irian Jaya, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean - Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Dorid nudibranch (Phyllidia ocellata) on discarded plastic bottle, Pulau Dofior, Raja Ampat, Irian Jaya, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean
Discarded football floating in the ocean. Plastic pollution is a major issue for the oceans. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Dampier Strait, tropical West Pacific Ocean. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Discarded football floating in the ocean. Plastic pollution is a major issue for the oceans. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Dampier Strait, tropical West Pacific Ocean.
Plastic bag and disposable nappy floating at the surface of the sea. Bunaken National Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. - Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Plastic bag and disposable nappy floating at the surface of the sea. Bunaken National Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Plastic floating in the Atlantic ocean, Azores, Portugal. - Luis  Quinta
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Luis Quinta / Plastic floating in the Atlantic ocean, Azores, Portugal.
Coral reef covered with discarded plastic bags. Ambon Bay, Ambon, Maluku Archipelago, Indonesia. Banda Sea, tropical west Pacific Ocean. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Coral reef covered with discarded plastic bags. Ambon Bay, Ambon, Maluku Archipelago, Indonesia. Banda Sea, tropical west Pacific Ocean.
Discarded non-degradable rubbish including plastic bottles and nylon fishing nets, collected in the dunes, Belgium - Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Discarded non-degradable rubbish including plastic bottles and nylon fishing nets, collected in the dunes, Belgium
Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) pups playing with plastic sheeting, Galapagos. - Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) pups playing with plastic sheeting, Galapagos.
Discarded plastic shoe in the sea, Crete, Greece, April. - Dimitris Poursanidis
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Dimitris Poursanidis / Discarded plastic shoe in the sea, Crete, Greece, April.
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) entangled in marine litter. Grassholm Island, Wales, UK. October - Sam Hobson
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Sam Hobson / Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) entangled in marine litter. Grassholm Island, Wales, UK. October
Scientists untangling Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) from marine litter. Grassholm Island, Wales, UK. October - Sam Hobson
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Sam Hobson / Scientists untangling Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) from marine litter. Grassholm Island, Wales, UK. October
Juvenile northern gannet (Morus bassanus) foot entangled in marine litter. Grassholm Island, Wales, UK. October - Sam Hobson
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Sam Hobson / Juvenile northern gannet (Morus bassanus) foot entangled in marine litter. Grassholm Island, Wales, UK. October
Seabird researcher catching Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) nesting among marine litter, Bass Rock, Scotland, UK. August - Sam Hobson
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Sam Hobson / Seabird researcher catching Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) nesting among marine litter, Bass Rock, Scotland, UK. August
Plastic Bottles of drinking Mineral Water for sale in Supermarket, France.~2005. Digital Image Modified - Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Plastic Bottles of drinking Mineral Water for sale in Supermarket, France.~2005. Digital Image Modified
Pile of plastic bottles and other rubbish, Paro River Valley. Bhutan, October 2014. - Kirkendall-Spring
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Kirkendall-Spring / Pile of plastic bottles and other rubbish, Paro River Valley. Bhutan, October 2014.
Woman putting plastic bottle into recycling unit in supermarket carpark, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK - Ben Osborne
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Ben Osborne / Woman putting plastic bottle into recycling unit in supermarket carpark, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK
Woman putting plastic bottles and cardboard into kitchen recycling bins, September 2008. - Nick Turner
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Nick Turner / Woman putting plastic bottles and cardboard into kitchen recycling bins, September 2008.
Child gathering marine pollution from beach, Troms, Norway, May 2017. Winner of the Threatened Nature category of the Nordic Nature Photo Contest (NNPC) 2018. Model released. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Child gathering marine pollution from beach, Troms, Norway, May 2017. Winner of the Threatened Nature category of the Nordic Nature Photo Contest (NNPC) 2018. Model released.
Scuba diver removing plastic marine litter from the sea bed.  Mljet National Park, Mljet  Island, Croatia. May 2015. - Arne Hodalic
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Arne Hodalic / Scuba diver removing plastic marine litter from the sea bed. Mljet National Park, Mljet Island, Croatia. May 2015.
Scuba diver removing plastic marine litter from the sea bed.  Mljet National Park, Mljet  Island, Croatia. May 2015. Model released. - Arne Hodalic
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Arne Hodalic / Scuba diver removing plastic marine litter from the sea bed. Mljet National Park, Mljet Island, Croatia. May 2015. Model released.
The Bristol Whales - wicker sculpture of two Blue whales surfacing surrounded by plastic bottles. Art installation by Cod Steaks to mark the Bristol Green Capital 2015. Millennium square, Bristol, Eng... - Ben Gillett
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Ben Gillett / The Bristol Whales - wicker sculpture of two Blue whales surfacing surrounded by plastic bottles. Art installation by Cod Steaks to mark the Bristol Green Capital 2015. Millennium square, Bristol, Eng...
Project Seahorse foundation staff weighing discarded plastic fishing nets collected and ready to be shipped out for recycling into carpet material, Jao Island, Danajon Bank, Central Visayas, Philippin... - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Project Seahorse foundation staff weighing discarded plastic fishing nets collected and ready to be shipped out for recycling into carpet material, Jao Island, Danajon Bank, Central Visayas, Philippin...
Colombian woman knitting mochilas and other products woven from recycled plastic bags. This project has recycled more than 1.5 million plastic bags and provides an income to the village living around... - Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Colombian woman knitting mochilas and other products woven from recycled plastic bags. This project has recycled more than 1.5 million plastic bags and provides an income to the village living around...
Mochilas and other products woven from recycled plastic bags. ~This project has recycled more than 1.5 million plastic bags and provides an income to the village living around the forest thereby prote... - Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Mochilas and other products woven from recycled plastic bags. ~This project has recycled more than 1.5 million plastic bags and provides an income to the village living around the forest thereby prote...
Young girl and mother recycling plastic and cardboard in street, Derbyshire, UK, April, Model released - Chris O'Reilly
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Chris O'Reilly / Young girl and mother recycling plastic and cardboard in street, Derbyshire, UK, April, Model released
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