Sea scrap is a problem on the coasts around the world – and the Gulf of Mexico is no exception.
From February 2015 to August 2017, researchers tracked marine remains that were washed every month on the coast in 12 different locations on nine island barriers from North Padre Island, Texas to Santa Rosa, Florida.
The study has shown that 10 times more garbage is flushed off the coast of Texas than any other bay state throughout the year.
Most of the waste, 69 to 95 percent, was plastic, according to the study. Plastic items included bottles and plugs for bottles, sticks and pieces of plastic. Researchers also suggested that more garbage was washed on the shore during spring and summer. This could be because more people are out there and on the water during that time.
Researchers have also found that the amount of waste accumulating along the coast can be predicted with high confidence in areas with high inlet fresh water.