We just keep finding marine plastic

Posted on April 27, 2020 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Source: We just keep finding marine plastic | Cosmos

There’s mixed news in our fight against plastics that cause chaos in marine environments. We’re finding new ways to find it, but we’re still finding much too much of it.

In Australia, meanwhile, a research team led by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) believes it has recorded microplastic pollution in Antarctic sea ice for the first time.

Writing in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, it says analysis of an ice core collected in East Antarctica in 2009 found 96 microplastic particles from 14 different types of polymer.

Lead author Anna Kelly says plastic pollution has been recorded in Antarctic surface waters and sediments, as well as in Arctic sea ice, but this is thought to be the first time it has been found in Antarctic sea ice.


We need to reduce our use of plastic considerably.