Microplastics In The Ocean Are A Mega Problem: Plastic Pollution Runs Deep In Monterey Bay

From Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) joined forces to design the first study to look systematically at microplastic from the ocean’s surface to the seafloor. Published in Scientific Reports on June 6, the study shows that plastic debris less than 5 millimeters across, known as microplastic, is common throughout the water column of Monterey Bay with highest concentrations around 600-1800 feet.

By sampling giant larvacean sinkers and pelagic red crabs, researchers found that these tiny plastic pieces are entering marine food webs, both at the surface and in the deep. The study shows that most of this microplastic is coming from consumer products—which means reducing plastic manufacturing and usage is the best way to mitigate this serious threat to the ocean.

Read more on the Aquarium’s Future Of The Oceans blog: https://futureoftheocean.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/the-deep-impact-of-microplastic/

Link to paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-44117-2