In total, the researchers counted over 1,500 observations of deep-sea debris, at dive sites from Vancouver Island to the Gulf of California, and as far west as the Hawaiian Islands. In the recent paper, the researchers focused on seafloor debris in and around Monterey Bay—an area in which MBARI conducts over 200 research dives a year. In this region alone, the researchers noted over 1,150 pieces of debris on the seafloor. (source)
via Researchers study 18,000 hours of deep sea footage, find ocean seafloor is covered in trash : TreeHugger.
Egypt – has a marine clean up campaign! Brilliant Egypt – thank you.
One thousand kilograms of waste — including aluminium cans, empty bottles, plastic, glass, ropes, metal pipes and bits of old boats — are now no longer part of the marine life, after a clean up campaign.About 50 professional deep sea divers cleaned the garbage from the sea floor off the coast of Sharjah.Organised by the Sharjah Museums Department SMD and other government bodies on Saturday the ‘Flag Island Seabed Cleanup Campaign’ is the first-of-its-kind event.
via 1,000kg trash removed from seabed – Khaleej Times.