Up to 1,400 species are affected by marine litter. Look into the scientists’ Petri dishes and detect the impacts. What happens to plastic when it ends up in the ocean? Some animals have learnt to cope with plastic, others are endangered by it: they get entangled or hurt by rubbish or confuse plastic with food. It is not only a threat to animals but also to us humans. Plastic waste is a problem we are only beginning to grasp the extent of. Scientists face numerous challenges. With every issue solved, a new one pops up. See for yourself how plastic impacts the marine ecosystem and which questions scientists are dealing with.
- | Germany
LITTERBASE summarises results from numerous scientific studies in understandable global maps and figures and opens scientific knowledge on marine litter to the public.
WEATHER-MIC assesses how weathering processes influence the transport, fate and toxicity of microplastics (MPs) and their leachates in the marine environment.
The PLASTOX project will investigate the ingestion, food-web transfer, and ecotoxicological impact of microplastics, together with persistent organic pollutants (POPs), metals and plastic additive chemicals associated with them, on key European marine species and ecosystems.
EPHEMARE – Ecotoxicological effects of microplastics in marine ecosystems is investigating the toxic effects of microplastics on marine organisms.
Max Liboiron is an Assistant Professor in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she directs Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist laboratory that specialises in citizen science and grassroots environmental monitoring of marine plastic pollution.
- | The Netherlands
NIOZ stimulates and supports multidisciplinary fundamental and frontier applied marine research, education and marine policy development in the national and international context.
The PLASTOX-project aims to investigate the environmental impacts resulting from microplastics.
- | EU
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
- | Chile
The Department of Marine Biology is the most productive department in Chile in the field of Marine Sciences.
- | Norway
Marine research is one of the three main areas of research at the University of Bergen.
The Plastic Busters project will facilitate the efforts of decision makers and stakeholders in effectively dealing with the issue of marine litter by supporting the implementation of the Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean.
- | Canada
The Ocean Pollution Research Program was established in 2014 as a major new Vancouver Aquarium research initiative.