A series of shocking pictures have been taken that show the plastic problem in our oceans is worse than we could ever have imagined!

Owing to these latest pictures, far more needs to be done to reduce our plastic abuse.

Although much is being done in terms of recycling drives and reducing the amount of plastics we consume as a society, pictures like these show that the problem is now worse than ever.

Scientists estimate that almost 12 million tonnes of plastic gets willfully dumped into the oceans very single year with reports that there is a risk of there soon being more plastic than fish in our oceans.

Caroline Power took these most recent snaps and they really do show the appauling state of the oceans in some of the worst affected areas.

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

She took the photos near Roatan where the plastic problem is getting out of control.

Power describes the ocean as a ‘sea of plastic and Styrofoam‘ after taking the photos. We’ve produced 8 billion tonnes of plastic in just over 65 years has the earth and sadly, a huge amount has ended up in the oceans.

Roatan Island is in the mouth of Montagua river in Guatemala.

In one shocking image the entire surface of the sea is covered with single use discarded plastic, so much so in places that the sun cannot break through the surface of the debris.

Since taking the images, Power has begun to campaign and urges people to think carefully about their plastic consumption.

Plastic waste along the coastline of Roatan. CAROLINE POWER PHOTOGRAPHY

She says:

“Think about your daily lives. How did you take your food to go last time you ate out? How was your last street food served? Chances are it was Styrofoam and served with a plastic fork and then put in a plastic bag”

Take-away your plastic – or don’t use it at all!

There has been a change recently in the use of single-use plastic bags. In the UK and a lot of the US you need to pay a small fee for a plastic bag if your don’t bring your own. This has reduced numbers but another enemy lies in the take-out industry.

Plastic and Styrofoam or polystyrene are still the main materials used in the manufacture of takeaway food containers and coffee cups and that fact won’t be changing any time soon.

Plastic trash from underwater. CAROLINE POWER PHOTOGRAPHY
Plastic trash in the ocean near Roatan. CAROLINE POWER PHOTOGRAPHY

Power goes on to say:

“Do you still use plastic garbage bags? Plastic soda bottles? Zip lock bags? Plastic wrap on your food? Do you buy toilet paper that comes wrapped in plastic instead of paper? Do you put your fruit and vegetables in produce bags at the grocery store?

Power makes the point – Imagine if we had to keep all of our garbage for just one week… We would be truly horrified at the amount of plastic we use. She urges people to start making small changes in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic we all consume on a day to day basis.