Marine dirt is a problem on shores around the world – and the Gulf of Mexico is no exception.
From February 2015 to August 2017, scientists held naval waste fleets that washed up the coast every month at 12 different locations in nine barrier islands from North Padre Island, Texas to Santa Rosa, Florida.
The study showed that 10 times more waste washes up the Texas coast than any of the other golf states during the year.
Most of the waste, 69 to 95 percent, was plastic, according to the study. The plastic articles contained bottles and bottle caps, plastic straps and fragments. Researchers also quoted that more waste was washed ashore during the spring and summer. This may be because more people are out and about during this time.
Researchers also found that the amount of waste that accumulates along the coast could be predicted with great confidence in areas with high freshwater inflow.