Britain Diver Rich Horner filmed himself swimming underwater at Manta Point, Nusa Penida in Bali, highlighting the problem of plastic.
He said he had “never seen [a cloud of plastic] anything like on this scale.”
“I’ve been living and diving in Bali for five years. But I have been coming here for diving for more than 10 years. It’s an amazing place and much quieter than mainland Bali, which is quite chaotic. What we saw in Manta Point was much worse than anything I’ve seen before, we’ve seen mantas actively avoiding the plastic entering their mouths and sometimes spitting it out.
It’s thought that this particularly large clump of plastic was due to the Indonesian Throughflow (ITF) current, which flows between Bali and Lombok. Plastic can be washed into the water through storm drains or during big rain showers.
“We don’t know much about the impact on the mantas yet, but especially as the plastic breaks up into microplastics, it will be eaten by a lot of fish and filter feeders, mantas, whale sharks and whales. The ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaigns brainwashed us very successfully into not dropping litter, they haven’t had that here yet.”
“Hopefully they will, it would be a very cheap start to dealing with it. Also, they don’t have anywhere else to put it. They often don’t have a council rubbish collection, or if they do, they don’t take it all or go to every house or neighborhood.”
Officials previously declared a “garbage emergency” after a long stretch of coast was covered in plastic that was brought in by the tide.
By 2050, it’s estimated that plastic rubbish in the ocean will outweigh fish, with 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic already in the world’s waters.
Bali as the main tourist hotspot in Indonesia consume trillion worth of plastic in the past 30 years. The only way to practically reduce the usage of plastic is by general information about it and strict sanctions against the use of it. This is why more and more people began to look for other alternative than Bali in Indonesia.