CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A new report by researchers at The Citadel finds that Charleston Harbor is being trashed by tons of plastic.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (https://bit.ly/1yJAvqy ) that the study estimates there are about 7-and-a-half tons of plastic breaking down in the harbor and its estuaries and tidal creeks.
The estimate does not include plastic that has broken down into tiny pieces and microscopic fragments that can be consumed by fish and other maritime creatures.
The Citadel estimate comes from studying plastics recovered during annual harbor and river sweeps to clean the shoreline.
Physiology Professor John Weinstein notes plastic doesn’t weight much so 7 tons is a lot. He says a plastic water bottle can fragment into thousands of particles.
Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com
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