A wildlife conservationist has captured disturbing scenes of plastic in fishing nets.
Srikanth Mannepuri documented a catch in the Indian port city of Visakhapatnam in March 2021. It shows fish trapped within carrier bags and a large amount of plastic wrapping from brands including Snickers and Head & Shoulders shampoo.
Srikanth explains: "We all know the curse of plastics. It's permanence. They do not disintegrate, they do not disappear. Now, look at the scale. A fishing net no bigger than 1km pulled out more plastic than fishes. And these are products that we use on a daily basis. Milk, Noodles, chocolates, chips.
"Imagine the scale of plastic floating in these oceans for years as death-traps and choking hazards. It is this plastic that gets consumed by fishes and enters our bodies as micro plastics. If this were to continue, the fisherman wouldn't be pulling out fishes anymore. It would only be plastic.
"Imagine this future. Next time we casually discard a plastic wrapper - remember this: We are staring at a bleak future as we enter the era of - the dawn of the plastic man."