Bay Area aquariums take stand against plastic pollution

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A bold step has just been taken by some of the nation's leading aquariums, including two in the Bay Area.

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They are joining forces to try to reduce plastic pollution in rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Nearly 9 million tons of plastic wind up in the ocean every year-- the equivalent of a dump truck full every minute of every day. The debris threatens creatures like sea turtles.

One was found with a plastic straw up its nose.

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This week, the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are among 19 taking a stand nationwide.

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