This seems to come straight from a nightmare. According to Grist, the Pacific Garbage Patch has gotten a hundred times bigger in only forty years. This is a huge problem as all this pollution directly harms the local biodiversity.
Turtles and fishes are the first victims but all this could also endanger zooplankton in the near future as to the BBC ” the fragments make it easier for the marine insect Halobates sericeus to lay its eggs out over the ocean.”
If you think about cleaning up Grist notes that ” the microplastic is intensely difficult to clean up, so it’s critical to keep plastic out of the ocean to keep the problem from getting worse. “ Indeed !