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Research shows that there are more ocean debris on the coast of Texas than in any other bay.



Sea litter is a problem on the coast around the world, and the Gulf of Mexico is no exception.

From February 2015 to August 2017, researchers kept records of marine debris, which are washed out every month on the coastline at 12 different locations on nine barrier islands from the North Padre Island, Texas, to Santa Rosa, Florida.

A portion of ocean litter was collected along the Gulf Coastline during a two-year survey. (Photo courtesy of Caitlin Wessel)

The study showed that Texas washes 10 times more litter than any other state in the Persian Gulf during the year.

According to the study, most of the garbage, from 69 to 95 percent, was plastic. Plastic items included bottles and bottle caps, straws and pieces of plastic. Researchers have also indicated that more garbage is thrown onto the shore during the spring and summer. This may be because at this time more and more people are outside and on the water.

The researchers also found that the amount of debris accumulating along the coastline can be predicted with high confidence in areas with high freshwater influx.


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