Idyllic Caribbean Island Covered In Plastic Trash Along Coast

What was once an idyllic coastline along the shores of Roatan now is choked with tides of plastic waste.

Caroline Power Photography

A diver as he gets ready to dive in the plastic wave along Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras.

The Locals noticed that suddenly their coastline was inundated with plastic trash, from bags and bottles to plastic cutlery and packaging material.

It is thought that the plastic originated from the mouth of Guatemala's Montagua River, which recently carried a wave of trash from Guatemala out to sea. The resulting location of the trash, from inland Guatemala, appears to be on the beaches and coastlines of Roatan. For residents of Roatan, a tiny island only 12 miles long by 3 miles wide, the task at hand of cleaning up their coastline will be difficult.

Google-Location of Roatan Island and the mouth of Montagua river in Guatemala.

Photographer Caroline Power, who lives on Roatan, captured the plastic tide along the small island. Caroline recently shared the photos on social media in hopes that it would raise awareness to the issues surrounding plastic waste globally.

In Caroline's post, she urges people around the world to think next time they use Styrofoam or plastic cutlery and the eventual destination of that plastic waste.

Caroline Power Photography-Plastic waste along the coastline of Roatan.

Plastic in our oceans has increasingly become a major health risk for humans and marine life. It is estimated that there are 51 trillion microplastic particles in our ocean, which are ingested by fish and marine birds. Eventually, those microplastics end up in the fish we eat.

Today, there are more than 8 million tons of plastic that enter the world's oceans each year. At the current rate of plastic entering oceans, recent studies estimate that there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish, in weight, by 2050.


by Trevor Nace , CONTRIBUTOR