Plastic waste and Marine wildlife

Dossier

Plastic waste and Marine wildlife

Wageningen Marine Research studies the problems related to plastic debris in the marine environment. In the plastic dossier you can find news, backgrounds en results of our research on the effects of plastic waste in the sea, also known as Plastic Soup.

Seabirds and other marine wildlife may ingest plastic debris or become entangled in it. The Ecosystems department of 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. That may involve ingestion of plastics by other bird species, turtles, mammals and fish in European waters and elsewhere. In addition entanglement issues and distribution of debris in marine and coastal environments has our attention. 

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  • Plastic in North Sea Fish E.M. Foekema, C. de Gruijter, M.T. Mergia, J.A. van Franeker, A.J. Murk & A.A. Koelmans. (2013) Environmental Science and Technology 47: 8818–8824.

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