Posted by: sarahegner | June 1, 2015

Marine Debris Mania

A past MarineLab instructor with a haul of lines and plastic

A past MarineLab instructor with a haul of lines and plastic

Did you know????

  • Most commonly used plastics NEVER go away!!  They just break down into smaller and smaller pieces called microplastics.
  • Microplastics have now been documented in all five of the ocean’s subtropical gyres – and have even been detected in Arctic sea ice.  Some of the highest accumulations occur thousands of miles from land.
  • Plastics affect wildlife directly when ingested but also affect wildlife indirectly by accumulating pollutants such as PCBs.  PCBs have been banned in the United States since 1979 and internationally since 2001.
  • Microplastics have been found in organisms ranging in size from small invertebrates to large mammals,

If you want to learn more, go to: http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/plastic.html

If you are interested in how you can get involved in a marine debris cleanup during your next MarineLab adventure ask us about our Service Learning Programs.

http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/

 

 

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