With record levels of micro-plastics found in its waters, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) cautions that the Mediterranean will soon become a “sea of plastic.”
"The concentration of micro-plastics is nearly four times higher" in the Mediterranean than in open seas worldwide, according to the report, "Out of the Plastic Trap: Saving the Mediterranean from Plastic Pollution."
As such, the WWF is calling on an international collective agreement to curb the dumping of plastic waste as well as cleaning up the existing waste floating at sea. Currently, it is estimated that 95 percent of the waste in the Mediterranean and on its beaches is predominantly plastic and the majority of that waste comes mostly from Turkey and Spain as well as Italy, Egypt and France.
To prevent the tiny pieces of plastic from entering the food supply and eventually becoming a threat to human health, the WWF suggests that the countries around the Mediterranean improve recycling efforts, curb single-use plastics and remove microplastics from consumer products such as cosmetics and detergents.