Tag Archives: Microplastics

Pollution in the deep sea – are any habitats safe from human disturbance?

Feature Pic: A discarded aluminum can sits deep in the Channel Islands. Photo: MARE and NOAA   We’re all too familiar with the horrible images of once pristine beaches that are now covered with trash, threatening a wide array of charismatic animals including sea turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals. What about our ocean’s most remote … Continue reading Pollution in the deep sea – are any habitats safe from human disturbance?

Ocean Optimism Alert: We Can Break Our Addiction to Plastic!

The journey begins with a step.

By Teresa Vale, Marine Conservation Institute GLORES Science Intern   Nowadays, plastic is one of the main types of marine debris that you hear about. In many places, plastic is the type of debris that you will see as you walk across the beach. As society develops new uses for plastics – particularly in single-use, … Continue reading Ocean Optimism Alert: We Can Break Our Addiction to Plastic!

Big Blue Blog: Did I just find your toothbrush…in the ocean?!

A Sea of Marine Debris

From shower gel to food packaging, plastic is globally pervasive. We are now finding our plastic waste in places we never intended, such as our oceans. A recent study published in Science estimates that, in 2010, between 10.5 and 28 billion pounds of plastic entered the oceans. That’s equivalent to five plastic grocery bags filled … Continue reading Big Blue Blog: Did I just find your toothbrush…in the ocean?!