Recent research supported by environmental advocates found that the Mediterranean Sea contains some 250 billion pieces， or approximately 500 tons， of suspended microscopic pieces of plastic.
For the study， French and Belgian marine biologists who comprise the organization Expedition Mediterranean in Danger (MED) analyzed water samples at depths of 10 to 15 centimeters off the coasts of France， Spain， and Italy. Of the samples obtained, 90% contained the biologically hazardous plastic fragments.
In addition to being mixed in with plankton that is consumed by fish， there is also evidence that this plastic debris is also affecting seals， tortoises， and other larger marine species. The researchers will next expand their evaluation to Gibraltar， Morocco， Algeria， Tunisia， Sardinia， and southern Italy.
Meanwhile， they are calling for the European Union to implement more stringent rules on the disposal and biodegradability of consumer goods. Supporters can sign an on-line petition at www.expeditionmed.eu/petition/.
Our sincere thanks， Expedition MED， for your awareness raising eco-conscious work. Let us quickly heed such alarming information and act to protect the inhabitants of the Mediterranean Sea and oceans worldwide. Speaking with concern for all life during a May 2008 videoconference in South Korea， Supreme Master Ching Hai emphasized the need for humanity's more conscious efforts to care for our fragile environment.