Ocean pollution

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    Video caption: Making kayaks from Cornish coastline rubbish

    Volunteers dedicated to cleaning the coastline have collected five tonnes of rubbish.

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    Video caption: The full-size research ship will make one of the first autonomous transatlantic voyages

    The full-size, crewless research ship will make one of the first autonomous transatlantic voyages.

  3. Plastic pollution: Millions of tonnes of microplastic found in the Atlantic

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    Video caption: Ocean-sieving expedition reveals up to 21 million tonnes of plastic particles in the ocean

    A vast ocean-sieving expedition across the Atlantic has revealed that there is as much as 21 million tonnes of plastic particles in the ocean - much higher than estimated.

  4. Mauritius: Pristine coastal areas 'will never be like they were before'

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    Video caption: The MV Wakashio oil tanker split in two after running aground off Mauritius

    The MV Wakashio oil tanker split in two after running aground off Mauritius

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    Video caption: Fears over single-use plastics beach waste

    As PPE use increases there's a concern masks and plastics may end up appearing on our beaches.

  6. North Cornwall cave 'full of tonnes of ghost gear'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Environmentalists say a cave in north Cornwall is completely full of what they say is "tonnes" of discarded fishing gear.

    The so-called "ghost gear", as conservationists call it, is thought to have come from fishing boats, washed on to shore and trapped in a cave on a beach near Polzeath.

    Such gear can include fishing nets, long lines, fish traps and lobster pots left drifting at sea, usually after being accidentally lost from fishing grounds or boats, or discarded in an emergency such as in a storm.

    Local campaigner, Andy Frost, said he spent the weekend trying to move much of it on his own, but said it had become so tangled he was appealing for volunteers to help.

    He said: "We need some manpower to get it up rocks and out of the cave", adding that his attempts to cut some of it into small, more manageable pieces was "a mission".

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: 'The masks you throw away could end up killing a whale'

    As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more protective equipment is ending up in the sea.