Research indicates that half of sea turtles worldwide have ingested plastic.
Many seabirds are found dead with their stomachs full of this waste.
Scientists estimate that 60 percent of all seabird species have eaten pieces of plastic, a figure they predict will rise to 99 percent by 2050.
Unless action is taken soon to address this urgent problem, scientists predict that the weight of ocean plastics will exceed the combined weight of all of the fish in the seas by 2050.
Up to 13 million tons of plastic waste enters the ocean each year, threatening marine ecosystems and the people who depend on them.