NEW YORK: In the deepest submarine dive ever in human history, Victor Vescovo, an american businessman and explorer found plastic waste at the very bottom of the ocean surface known to man. This discovery confirmed the worst fear expressed by a lot of environmentalists about the extent of the damage that plastic wastes caused to the aquatic ecosphere.
Vescovo, a retired naval officer, descended 10.93 km in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench which is 16 meters more deep than the previous record.
According to initial reports, he discovered a bag, a candy wrapper amongst other plastic objects at the bottom. These toxicants affect aquatic creatures severely. Around 100 million tonnes of plastic wastes has been dumped in the oceans till date, according to a United Nations’ (UN) report. Correction initiatives have been planned by the UN in some recent conventions in Basel and Rotterdam and agreed upon by 187 countries.
Vescovo, in his statement said that this recent discovery would reinforce the seriousness of the issue. “I was disappointed to see human contamination in the deepest point in the ocean. With over 7 billion people on the Earth, the oceans are going to be impacted negatively by mankind, but I hope we can at least minimize it in the future,” said Vescovo.