Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that although the Indian Ocean is the world's biggest dumping ground for plastic waste, nobody seems to know where it goes.

Professor Chari Pattiaratchi, from UWA's Oceans Graduate School and the Oceans Institute, said compared to other ocean basins,…

Read more: What's happened to all the plastic rubbish in the Indian Ocean?

The Western Indian Ocean, comprising nine African countries and Réunion (an island under France), has a 10 000 km stretch of coastline with crystal clear waters and rich coral reefs. But these marine and wildlife ecosystems, which are interdependent with the health, food security and national economies of…

Read more: Africa Must Act Against the Ballooning Indian Ocean Plastic Patch

The global ocean covers about 71% of the earth's surface and contains approximately 97% of all water on the planet.

In some ways, the ocean is more important now than it ever has been before. The planet is warming and more carbon dioxide is being released into the…

Read more: Africa: How Microscopic Ocean Organisms and the Earth's Temperature Are Linked

CAPE TOWN — According to a National Geographic article, dated January 2015, there were 5.25trn pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibres per square kilometre litter the deep. Five Asian countries are reported…

Read more: African coastline threatened by a tsunami of plastic

As the global shipping industry continues to tackle the menace of plastics waste on waters, facts have emerged that about $13 billion are lost to damage caused to the marine ecosystem by plastic pollution.

This, according to stakeholders is posing threat to the realization of the blue economy…

Read more: Marine plastic pollution costs $13b damage yearly

he Western Indian Ocean, comprising nine African countries and Réunion (an island under France), has a 10,000 km stretch of coastline with crystal clear waters and rich coral reefs. But these marine and wildlife ecosystems, which are interdependent with the health, food security and national economies of over…

Read more: Africa must act against ballooning Indian Ocean plastic patch