Choked, Strangled, Drowned: The Plastics Crisis Unfolding In Our Oceans

Lead Organization: Oceana US

Author: Dr. Kimberly Warner, Elizabeth Linske, Patrick Mustain, Melissa Valliant and Christy Leavitt


Many tragedies in the ocean go unobserved, and the ones caused by plastic are no different. The plastics crisis is deep, wide and pervasive, affecting ecosystems and animals in ways we are only beginning to understand. In this report, Oceana has compiled for the first time the available data on plastic ingestion and entanglements in marine mammals and sea turtles in U.S. waters. This begins to paint a picture of an unfolding disaster: the flood of plastics into our oceans and the devastating impact it is having on marine life.