Oceans: The Plastic Mystery
99% of the plastic waste dumped into the sea has disappeared!
- Length : 52min
- Year : 2016
- Author & director: Vincent Perazio
Arte France, Via Découvertes Production. Co-Production: Tara Expeditions Foundation and CNRS Images. With support from the CNC and the Pays de la Loire Region.
About 8 million tonnes of plastic are released into the sea every year, making plastic the biggest polluter of the world’s oceans and seas. Among recent concerns of oceanographers, environmental specialists and microbiologists, this ever increasing pollution is accompanied by an incredible mystery — 99% of plastic waste dumped into the ocean has disappeared!
Along with researchers from all over the world, scientists on the Tara Mediterranean expedition (dedicated to studying plastic pollution in 2014) were alarmed by a new observation: countless fragments of plastic are disappearing from the ocean’s surface. What then becomes of this untraceable waste? Where are the accumulations of debris? These questions prompted the Tara Expeditions Foundation to investigate the impact of plastic on the marine ecosystem, by co producing this new documentary.