By: Courtney Arthur
The NOAA Marine Debris Program recently co-authored a column in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. This edition pulls together perspectives from academia, industry, and government on the topic of plastics in the marine environment.
“The widespread occurrence of plastics in the marine environment has resulted in a range of concerns about potential negative effects, and many suggestions have been made about how best to tackle these problems. Science on the issue is developing rapidly, which prompts us to examine the current state of knowledge from 3 perspectives. Here we consider the extent to which we are able to bridge the gap between the sometimes controversial views on the problem of plastic debris in our environment.”
One main point of agreement across the board was the evolving role of marine plastics in the transfer of persistent organic pollutants to organisms. You can read the full column here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/etc.2426/full