There has been widespread publicity about pollution of the marine environment by plastic debris and its impact on organisms. Images of the brightly coloured plastic stomach contents of dead seabirds and countless whales, dolphins and turtles caught in floating debris or wearing discarded plastic rubbish are routine. But this is not only about large marine creatures swallowing or getting entangled in rubbish; organisms at every trophic level, living both on the seabed and in the water column, are also affected.
From collection: Marine Litter Vital Graphics
Cartographer: Maphoto/Riccardo Pravettoni