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22 May 2020 - Researchers trawled the surface of coastal waters off the UK and US with finer mesh nets than typically used and captured vast quantities of shorter and thinner plastic particles.

Microplastic pollution in the oceans is believed to be more than double the previous estimates, according to a new study.

A team of researchers, led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, trawled the surface of coastal waters off the UK and US with finer mesh nets than have been typically used and found far more plastic particles in the waters than previously thought.

Plastic wreaks havoc on marine ecosystems. As plastic swirls around in the water, much of it breaks down to tiny pieces called microplastics.

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Publication date: 
22/05/2020
Publication Organisation: 
The Independent
Thematic Area: 
Marine pollution
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