Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

The Hindu | Nov 10, 2019 at 5:18 AM
  • Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life.
  • The debris ranges from tiny microplastics that nearly every animal in this marine ecosystem ingests to huge fishing nets that gather plants, animals and other debris while bulldozing across fragile coral reefs.
  • Sharks and other apex predators eat smaller fish that feed on microplastic.