Marine Plastic Pollution in Waters around Australia: Characteristics, Concentrations, and Pathways

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Article courtesy of Julia Reisser | Nov 23, 2013 | Shared as educational material

Although plastics are pervasive in waterways, scientists have not assessed their transport pathways, characteristics, or accumulation zones. This study focuses on microplastics in waters around Australia. A wide range of ocean currents seem to connect the sampled plastics to international and domestic sources. The study shows that microplastics’ concentration in waters around Australia are similar to concentration levels in the Caribbean Sea and and the Gulf of Maine but lower than those found in subtropical gyres and the Mediterranean Sea. Microplastic could potentially harm organisms from megafauna to zooplankton. Read more here: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0080466

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