The rise in ocean plastics evidenced from a 60-year time series

Ostle, C; Thompson, RC; Broughton, D; Gregory, L; Wootton, M; Johns, DG. 2019 The rise in ocean plastics evidenced from a 60-year time series. Nature Communications, 10, 1622. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-09506-1

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Abstract/Summary

Plastic production has increased exponentially since its use became widespread in the 1950s. This has led to increased concern as plastics have become prevalent in the oceanic environment, and evidence of their impacts on marine organisms and human health has been highlighted. Despite their prevalence, very few long-term (>40 years) records of the distribution and temporal trends of plastics in the world’s oceans exist. Here we present a new time series, from 1957 to 2016 and covering over 6.5 million nautical miles, based on records of when plastics have become entangled on a towed marine sampler. This consistent time series provides some of the earliest records of plastic entanglement, and is the first to confirm a significant increase in open ocean plastics in recent decades

Item Type: Publication - Article
Subjects: Marine Sciences
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Ecosystems and Environmental Change > Behaviour and effects of contaminants
Depositing User: Emily Smart
Date made live: 30 Jul 2021 10:50
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2021 10:50
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9298

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