Just like plastic munchers on land, including ‘extremophiles’, the ocean has some too:
AN abundant organism may be acting as a sink for the smallest plastic particles which make up the majority of the ocean’s plastic load.
UWA Oceans Institute director Carlos Duarte, along with UWA PhD student Julia Reiser, has been surveying the ocean to uncover the distribution of plastic across the world.
Professor Duarte presented the findings in a public lecture as part of the UWA Inquiring Minds series, showing for the first time a global picture of plastic concentrations in the ocean.
“Even though there’s been reports of high loads of plastics in particular regions of the ocean, until now we didn’t have a really good survey,” Prof Duarte said.
The researchers’ modelling indicated plastic debris should accumulate in central gyres of the ocean – areas of stagnant water unaffected by currents around coastal areas – but only one, in the Pacific Ocean, had previously been sampled. […]
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