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1 Year
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<br>(Cotton and Nylon Rope - Rope can become entangled around the necks and beaks of curious animals, causing death as they grow larger and the noose tightens).
1 - 3 Years
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<br>(Plastic Bag - A person uses a plastic bag for an average of 12 minutes before disposal. When a bag enters the sea suffocation or entanglement may occur but ingestion is the main issue.
<br>Sea turtles often mistake bags for their favourite food of jelly fish and squid when seen floating in the water column).
1 - 5 Years
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<br>(Clothing & Material - Swallowing marine litter mistaken for food can damage the digestive tract of marine animals and also result in the absorption of toxic pollutants.
<br>These toxins are then passed up the food chain to the fish that we consume).
10 - 20  Years
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<br>(Plastic Bag Seams - Almost half of all marine mammal species including seals, whales and porpoises have been found dead from suffocation and starvation after having ingested plastic bags.
<br>Between 290 - 300 plastic bags are used per person per year in the UK).
30 Years
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<br>(PVC - Corals are destroyed when discarded fishing equipment, such as overalls, gloves, damaged lobster pots and nets drag along the ocean floor.
<br>Coral reefs provide home for lots of species, most of which are also affected).
30 - 40 Years
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<br>(Nylon - Tangled giant underwater balls of nylon rope, netting and other plastic debris, sometimes weighing up to one ton - vast moving landfills -
<br>roll with the currents, scouring and destroying reefs like giant bulldozers).
400 Years
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<br>(Plastics - Mixed - Plastic never biodegrades, it merely breaks down into smaller fragments. These microplastic particles and fibres are found in filter-feeding barnicles,
<br>lugworms and amphipods which are in turn eaten by larger sea creatures including fish, and ultimately eaten by ourselves).
450 Years
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<br>(Plastic Bottle - 90% of marine rubbish found on coastlines worldwide is related to single-use plastics; bottles, tops, straws, food packaging and general packaging.
<br>111 different species of seabirds are known to ingest plastics, many of which are bottles).
600 Years
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<br>(Monofilament & Macrofilament Fishing Line - Fishing line affects the mobility of aquatic animals, once entangled they struggle to eat, breathe and swim, all of which have fatal results.
<br>Discarded fishing nets cut loose by fishermen continue 'ghost fishing', indiscriminately sweeping up fish, seals, turtles and whales in their foul web).
INDEFINITE
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<br>(Polystyrene - the most significant and alarming offender to impact on marine life. When released
<br>into the environment it will never decompose or biodegrade to a non-recognisable form).

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