Study: Monterey Bay Infested by Microplastic Pollution

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute tool called Ventana, taking samples from sea creatures. (Photo courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

Monterey Bay is a marine sanctuary hiding a dirty secret: microplastics. Beneath the beautiful blue waters is a sea of tiny, plastic bits of debris in concentrations comparable to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, according to new research. The study, published Thursday by the Monterey Bay Research Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, finds that this type of plastic pollution appears to be everywhere in the world’s oceans. Forum explores the issue of plastics pollution and what can be done about it.

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Paul Rogers, managing editor, KQED Science; natural resources and environment reporter, The Mercury News

Kyle Van Houtan, chief scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium