Fish caught in the seas of the celestial resort of Maldives have not escaped the attack of plastic waste.
On the 3rd of last September, the British Daily Mail was shocked by a video of a Maldives fishermen breaking up a boat and taking out various trash from it.
The fish is locally called giant trevally and belongs to the horse mackerel family. It is a large fish that exceeds 1m in length, and it is a dream fish for many anglers. The problem is that the species of dream is now turning into a nightmare.
The fishermen appearing in the video, said "A lot of plastic and various garbage was poured out of the fish. Abandoning things on the sea is bad for so many creatures," he added. "Now we need to change our perception to reduce the use of plastics."
A short clip of a fish's boat, but the actual plastic waste problem is serious enough to threaten the world's oceans. According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), about 8 million tons of plastic waste flows from land to sea each year. In particular, according to a 2016 report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), by 2050, plastics are expected to be more than fish by weight.
Particularly problematic are the microplastics produced by the decomposition of plastic waste, which plays a major role in disrupting the ecosystem. In addition to whales, numerous creatures such as turtles and seabirds are mistaken for eating these fragments of plastic waste. This, of course, eventually returns to humans through the food chain, ultimately adversely affecting human health and food security.