Facts

Note:  The science and research undertaken on the health of our oceans is always growing.  The references given below utilise the best information available we have available.  We will continually  review (and, if appropriate, update) the facts as they become available. 

DEGRADATION

Stormwater is the primary driver of the degradation of streams, estuaries and embayments  in Australia's cities, and indeed in cities around the world,

Professor Timothy Fletcher cited in “Overview of Stormwater in Australia – Chapter 2” https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/Stormwater/~/media/Committees/ec_ctte/Stormwater/c02.pdf

Waterway Ecosystem Research Group, The University of Melbourne, Submission 17, p. 2;  cited in “Overview of Stormwater in Australia – Chapter 2” https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/Stormwater/~/media/Committees/ec_ctte/Stormwater/c02.pdf

OCEAN

About 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean annually.

Jambeck, J. R., et al. “Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean.” Science, vol. 347, no. 6223, 13 Feb. 2015, pp. 768–771., doi:10.1126/science.1260352.

ONE MINUTE

Every minute the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans

Erik van Sebille et al 2015 Environ. Res. Lett. 10 124006

KILLING SEA LIFE

Plastic is killing more than 1.1 million seabirds and animals every year