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Plastics in Oceans Promoting Non-Native Species Invasion

"Marine organisms travelling on flotillas of discarded plastic and other man-made rubbish are invading Antarctica and tropical islands and threatening native species,... Armies of barnacles, molluscs, sea worms and corals are hitching rides on floating debris and moving into new areas where they can endanger native species and drastically change fragile ecosystems. Antarctica, the Seychelles, Madagascar and areas which have the most endemic species are most at risk from the invaders." (Excerpt from an article by Patricia Reaney of Reuters appearing on Planet Ark's web site at on 4/25/02)

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