Plastic Debris in the Marine Environment

The OPC Marine Debris Resolution item #3 encourages new innovations to reduce plastic waste in the marine environment. One innovation is to identify alternatives that would biodegrade in the ocean and do not contain toxic materials. However, the effects and life-cycle of our current set of plastics need to be understood so alternatives can be developed.

The OPC commissioned an independent synthesis of scientific information as a place-marker for the current state of research on plastic debris in California’s marine environment. The California Ocean Science Trust partnered with USC Sea Grant, a known leader on the topic of water quality, to produce the report, which was released in October 2011.


Plastic Debris in the California Marine Ecosystem: A Summary of Current Research, Solution Efforts and Data Gaps

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