To effectively fight the growing problem of marine plastic pollution, we need to know how plastic waste is distributed and which ecosystems are most affected. Now that we know mangroves have a higher likelihood of being severely affected by plastic waste, leaders can take steps to protect these critical habitats. – Peter Harris, Grid-Arendal
Mangroves in Southeast Asia are currently under threat by river-borne plastic pollution. This coastal ecosystem is important as this provides a habitat for young fish and serves as a coastal protection against storms, floods, and a rising sea level. It has been noted in this study that 86% of plastic pollution that goes into the oceans came from Asian rivers. 54% of mangrove areas are situated next to those highly polluting rivers. It is therefore recommended for authorities to monitor the plastic pollution in these areas.
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