Oceans of Plastic

Understanding and Solving a Pollution Problem

August 2022
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    2nd August 2022
  • ISBN 9781486312573
  • Language English
  • Pages 120 pp.
  • Size 8.46" x 9.84"
  • Images 27 color photos, 37 color illus

Our oceans are amazing! They are filled with wonderful sea creatures and are essential for a healthy planet. But it’s now estimated that there are more pieces of plastic in the ocean than visible stars in the Milky Way. So how can we stop plastic from our homes and cities from ending up floating in oceans far away? By becoming ocean change-makers!

Oceans of Plastic explores how ocean systems and swirling currents bring plastics together into massive ocean garbage patches. It also uncovers the floating world of the "plastisphere" – a mini community of microbes living on ocean plastics – and explains how plastic breaks up, not down, and can even end up on your dinner plate.

Oceans of Plastic is packed with great ideas and simple changes that you can make to help our oceans. Become an ocean change-maker in your home, school or community, and inspire others to join you in protecting the future of our oceans.

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 9 to 14.


  • Teaches kids about the important global issue of ocean plastics.
  • Provides ideas and simple solutions for kids to help improve the health of our oceans.
  • Introduces inspiring ocean change-makers who are making a difference.
  • Features fascinating stories of scientific discoveries and inventions made to help our marine ecosystems.

1. The role of our oceans
2. Slow-motion oceans
3. Catching a current
4. Great oceans! It's a garbage patch!
5. A lifetime of plastic
6. Impacts on oceanic wildlife
7. Marine science in action
8. Communities for change
9. Ideas, inspirations and innovators
10. Action for the oceans
Further information

Tracey Gray

Tracey Gray is an aquatic scientist and environmental science teacher, who provides education programs for schools and educators. She cares deeply about the ocean, beaches and living creatures, and inspires everyday actions to create positive environmental change.

non-fiction; plastic pollution; conservation; oceans