SEAPLEX data aids assessment of the extent of plastic in North Pacific Ocean Gyre, ingestion by animals
Clockwise from top left, a barnacle-laden 55-gallon drum, an oil boom, a panga boat and a door were among the flotsam encountered by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego research vessel Melville in recent weeks during a CLIVAR cruise from Honolulu to San Diego.
Today, Scripps Oceanography researchers reported that a sharp increase of small plastic debris in the ‘Garbage Patch’ could have ecosystem-wide consequences. News of the Scripps study led to coverage from Time, AFP, U.S. News and World Report, the San Jose Mercury-News, UT San Diego, New Scientist, AP, NPR,
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego researchers discuss their finding that nearly one in ten fishes sampled from in the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” had plastic in their stomachs.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers have published the first journal article revealing results from the 2009 SEAPLEX field study to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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