Scientists: typhoons brought in Primorye debris, harmful to marine inhabitants

© Fotolia / Amuser in the water. Archival photoScientists: typhoons brought in Primorye debris, harmful to marine inhabitants© Fotolia / JAY

Scientists of Primorye in the framework of the project monitoring marine litter found that in this year to the coast of the region has brought a lot of debris from North Korea, including fishing buoys, which are harmful to aquatic organisms, according to the Maritime aquarium.

The project of monitoring marine debris – international with the participation of Russia, China, Japan and South Korea, in Primorsky Krai he has been working for more than ten years.

Employees of the Department of environmental education of the seaside aquarium, along with students carried out monitoring of pollution of the coast of the Peninsula Zhitkova sea of waste of artificial origin. During the campaign, they collected about 50 pounds of trash: Styrofoam, plastic, and lumber.

«All of the collected debris is sorted into eight categories depending on waste type and analyze… identify the country of origin of litter, made on the coast. This year a lot of waste Sulfuric Korea, who threw during typhoons in late August and September. The greatest damage to the environment is caused polystyrene, which is made of the buoys used by the North Korean fishermen; it easily crumbles and then falls on the food chain in the organisms of hydrobionts and causing them fatal harm,» — said the chief specialist of Department of ecological education of the seaside aquarium Inna Kaufman.

The results of the monitoring after registration will be sent to the Center of ecological cooperation in the region of the sea of Japan, which every year publishes a brochure with the results of the study.