The Marine Debris Problem and What’s Being Done to Curb It January 21, 2021 Email By some estimates, there could be as much plastic trash in the ocean as there are fish (by weight) by the year 2050. Unlike organic materials, plastic does not decompose. Instead it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic. However, just because the marine debris problem is large and complicated doesn’t mean you should give up hope. Scientists from around the world are focused on the ocean plastics problem. Watch the video below to see how one team is tackling the problem in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Do your part to keep plastic out the ocean by Reducing your plastic consumption, Reusing plastic items when possible, and Recycling all recyclable plastic.