15 July 2011

High-Seas Plastic

Fishermen had lost them
every year
for half a century.

Killing everything in its path.
Three months in the Pacific,
a net thirty feet across.

Island: estimated
six thousand more tons.

Still greater danger. 

Words from one page of the book:
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them 
By Donovan Hohn
The selected words describe lost plastic fishing nets which harm and kill sea creatures for decades (so far) after they're lost by the fishermen. Also, there are unfathomable amounts of plastic floating out in the ocean causing all sorts of trouble and even creating islands of trash!

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