Plastic ocean litter boosts deadly infections in corals

By Emily Chung, CBC News Ottawa, January 26, 2018

Garbage like disposable diapers, plastic bags and snack wrappers is getting into the ocean and snagging on coral reefs, leading to deadly infections that literally eat the corals alive, a new study suggests.

A four-year survey of 125,000 corals in 150 reefs in the Asia-Pacific region found that corals in contact with plastic debris had an 89 per cent chance of having three nasty diseases:

  • Skeletal eroding band disease.
  • White syndrome.
  • Black band disease.

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