Diver filmed Rubbish Wasteland in Bali waters

Tourism is Bali’s main income source, it also accounted for S$42 billion, roughly 4.9% of their GDP.

While Bali is famed for its beautiful sceneries and rich cultures, the huge drawback for it will be the heavy pollution done to its ocean, with the sheer amount of rubbish thrown into it.

A screengrab of the video by Rich Horner.

Rich Horner, a diver, shot a small video which then became viral with about a million views.

The underwater video was filmed at Manta Point, about 40km from Bali’s main island.

In the video, you can clearly see fishes and manta rays swimming among the plastic bags, plastic bottles and other plastic made items.

Bali was often dubbed as a paradise on earth, but the recent revealing of their trash crisis are labelling it otherwise.

In fact, the problem has grown so bad that their government actually declared a “garbage emergency”, which lead to a forceful cleaning of a 6km stretch of coast near Jimbaran, Kuta and Seminyak.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,500 islands, is the world’s second-largest contributor to marine debris after China.

It is estimated that a whopping 1.29 million metric tons of rubbish were produced annually by Southeast Asian countries, with Indonesia topping the leaderboard.

Plastic wastes can cause serious harms to the marine lifeforms, as they could not differentiate it from food, ingesting it and ultimately killing them, or get trapped by plastic packaging and getting their body deformed.

“Microplastics can contaminate fish which, if eaten by humans, could cause health problems, including cancer,” I Gede Hendrawan, an environmental oceanography researcher at Bali’s Udayana University, previously told AFP.

Jakarta has pledged to UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign to reduce its marine waste by 70 percent by 2025, through recycling, reducing the usage of plastic bags, cleanup campaigns and raising public awareness.

However, with a population of 260 million, Indonesia is still facing a paramount issue of educating their people on environmental protection, and improvement of waste processing infrastructure.

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