The United Kingdom’s Environmental Investigations Agency (EIA) says that plastic will outweigh fish in the planet’s oceans by 2050.
The EIA released an environmental report on Tuesday that calls for a treaty to fight the rapid growth in plastic pollution occurring in the ocean.
The EIA reports that over the course of the next five years, there will be 250 million metric tons of plastic in the world’s oceans. By 2040, there will be 700 million tons — the equivalent of the weight of all the fish in the ocean combined. By the mid-century point, the plastic in the ocean “will far exceed” the density of fish in the entire planet’s oceans.