Open Access Review Article

A Review on the Impact of Plastic Debris on Marine Environment

Romana A Meem1, Arif Ahmed1, Kazi M Maraz2, Md Shamim Hossain3 and Ruhul A Khan2*

1Department of Environmental Science, Stamford University Bangladesh, Bangladesh

2Institute of Radiation and Polymer Technology, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Bangladesh

3Department of Geography and Environmental Science, Begum Rokeya University, Bangladesh

Corresponding Author

Received Date: September 24, 2021;  Published Date: November 23, 2021


Marine plastic debris is increasing day by day resulting negative impacts on the marine biodiversity. Therefore, this review article summarizes the types of marine debris, sources of marine debris, impacts of marine plastics, and global initiatives for reducing plastic pollution in the marine environment. Both macro and micro plastics are coming from two sources including land (e.g. home, industry) and ocean (e.g. fishing). Plastics pose a great threat to organisms in the marine environment, for example, through ingestion or entanglement in the plastic. For addressing the issue of plastic pollution in the marine environment governments have formulated several laws and legislation and taken different approaches as well.

Keywords: Plastic debris; Marine environment; Ingestion; Entanglement; Government

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