Research institute

Wageningen Marine Research

Research into strategic and applied marine ecology.

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Wageningen Marine Research studies the problems related to plastic debris in the marine environment, also known as Plastic Soup. Seabirds and other marine wildlife may ingest plastic debris or become entangled in it. Wageningen Marine Research is founder of a permanent monitoring program of the amount of plastic in stomachs of Northern Fulmars in the North Sea. This research approach has been copied into the European Marine Strategy Directive (MSFD) as a basis for litter monitoring in other European seas.
Wageningen Marine Research studies the problems related to plastic debris in the marine environment, also known as Plastic Soup. Seabirds and other marine wildlife may ingest plastic debris or become entangled in it. Wageningen Marine Research is founder of a permanent monitoring program of the amount of plastic in stomachs of Northern Fulmars in the North Sea. This research approach has been copied into the European Marine Strategy Directive (MSFD) as a basis for litter monitoring in other European seas.