A recent paper by Zhang et al. (2021) explores the acute toxicity of microplastics on a filter-feeding planktivorous fish, Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix).
Microplastics are now thought to be ubiquitous in marine environments with recent studies finding traces in 67% of sampled sharks (Parton et al. 2020), travelling their way up the food chain through zooplankton and even in newly discovered deep sea amphipods (Eurythenes plasticus).
Following in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic were growing fears and numerous accounts of discarded single use PPE making its way into the world’s oceans. Yet despite these very real concerns there is no extensive quantitative estimation of the amount of discarded face masks likely to litter coastal regions.
Floating Marine Debris (FMD) is the catch-all term for any type of manufactured material that ends up in the marine environment either on purpose or by accident. Around 80% of FMD comes from terrestrial sources with only 20% coming from marine sources and around 70% of all this debris is made from or contains plastic.
While many studies have focused on the issue of Marine Plastic Pollution, a review by Pinheiro et al. (2021) has found that few studies of the major source of this pollution – rivers and estuaries take into account important factors.
Most people will be familiar with the threat macroplastic debris poses to pinnipeds - asphyxiation, choking, blocking the digestive tract, open wounds (tightening around growing animals or pulled tight by drag in the water) and/or impairing the ability to forage successfully.
A Guide to Proper Protocol for Nesting and Hatching Sea Turtles - Allow me to paint a picture. You are strolling on the beach. Stars are twinkling in the evening sky, well, at least what you can see of the stars. The seashore is lit up with nightlife; all the hotels are full of light that is bright and white, all the clubs are blaring music and neon lights—such a fun atmosphere.
This animated short film asks "What if plastic could be integrated into sea life? The Beauty directed by Pascal Schelbli is a poetic journey through the oceans, which are simultaneously stunning and filthy. Discover a world where concerns and fears dissolve into the mysterious depth of the polluted blue sea."
The International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Region has been rescheduled to take place online on 2-4 March and 8-9 March 2021 due to [...]
Register for Free! Accelerating a sustainable ocean economy The 2021 agenda will deliver fresh, robust, and action-oriented insights into creating a sustainable ocean economy. The virtual week offers the [...]
'We've stolen our children's future,' says Jane Goodall, 'and we're still stealing it.' From disappearing species to plastic pollution and our disastrously weak attempts to recycle it, here's what the top voices on climate change - from Sir David Attenborough to Jane Goodall to Greta Thunberg - have to say about the planet's escalating biodiversity crisis. Sir David Attenborough, Jane Goodall and Greta Thunberg are joined in this global call for action by Microsoft's Satya Nadella, the United Nations' Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Daniela Fernandez of Sustainable Ocean Action, Brune Poirson, Malek Sukkar and Heather Koldewey.
Microplastics In The Ocean Are A Mega Problem: Plastic Pollution Runs Deep In Monterey Bay From Monterey Bay Aquarium The Aquarium and the [...]
In the above photo taken on March 16, 2019, Darrell Blatchley, director of D' Bone Collector Museum Inc., shows plastic waste found in the stomach [...]
One of the dangers that dolphins and other marine animals experience in their natural environment is plastic. Every year millions of animals die [...]
A very interesting article written by Rick Stafford, Professor of Marine Biology and Conservation, Bournemouth University, that we couldn't agree with more: "By now, most [...]
Now I have that song going through my head, but I was a Police/Sting fanatic back in the day, so this is not a bad [...]