Discarded single-use face masks clutter Hong Kong’s beaches

Discarded single-use face masks clutter Hong Kong’s beaches


This picture taken in Salinas del Rey beach (Caribbean coast of Colombia) is a good example of how litter can be harmful to the environment in several ways.
A medical waste bag containing blood is a biohazard item that should not be found along any seashore due to its inherent nature and potentiality to spread infectious bloodborne pathogens.
Furthermore, this dangerous litter can also act as an enabler of biodiversity loss in our marine environment by allowing the invasion of local waters by non-indigenous species. Alien species such as bryozoan and polychaeta colonies, often use plastic litter in the ocean as a habitat on which to settle or as raft material for migrating into new territories, ultimately posing a threat to the integrity and functioning of ecosystems.
Captions and Photo courtesy of: ©-Nelson Guillermo Rangel Buitrago – Grupo de Geología, Geofísica y Procesos Marino-Costeros, Universidad del Atlántico Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia.

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Discarded face masks are piling up on Hong Kong’s beaches and nature trails, with environmental groups warning that the waste is posing a huge threat to marine life and wildlife habitats…

Read Full Article, Reuters (03-11-2020)

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