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Some Tenerife beaches are swamped in plastic

EIGHT beaches across Tenerife are heavily contaminated with plastics, and, among the several tested, the worst offender is Playa Grande, in Poris, followed by Puertito and Almáciga.

Research groups from Gran Canarias University, specialising in the studies of the ecophysiology of marine organisms (EOMAR), confirmed the contamination across Tenerife’s beaches, after taking hundreds of samples.

These groups worked in collaboration with the Canary Islands’ Oceanographic Centre, and 800 samples were taken from various Tenerife shores over a one-year period.

Samples were taken, specifically, from the shores of Almaciga, La Arena, Las Vistas, Las Gaviotas, El Socorro, La Tejita, Playa Grande (Poris) and Playa del Puertito, and they proved that those beaches, in particular, were contaminated at different levels.

The samples show how the archipelago is affected, dramatically, by marine pollution, because the microplastics are being dragged by the Gulf Stream currents, which branch southwards, along with all the accumulated litter from the European and North American waters.

Sadly, this makes the Canary Islands the hot-spots for marine litter.

The world’s plastic production has rocketed over the last 50 years, resulting in a considerable increase of waste. And it has been estimated that just 20% of the plastic produced is recycled.

Each year, between eight and nine million tons of plastic end up in the sea. It comes mainly from rivers, drains or coastal areas, and it is also thrown into the sea, directly from ferries and cruise ships, as well as the vessels transporting waste.

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