Opinion: Why we need an international agreement on marine plastic pollution

Stephanie B. Borrelle, Chelsea M. Rochman, Max Liboiron, Alexander L. Bond, Amy Lusher, Hillary Bradshaw, Jennifer F. Provencher

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Plastic pollution is strewn across beaches and in oceans, bays, and estuaries. Tiny particles of plastic debris (often called microplastics) are so pervasive in aquatic ecosystems that we find them in seafood (1) and table salt (2). Marine organisms ingest or are entangled by plastic, sometimes with fatal consequences. Research suggests plastic pollution may impact biodiversity, ecosystem services, food security, and human health. In short, plastic pollution is a global threat.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9994-9997
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2017


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