Contamination of our oceans by plastics


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Melanie.Bergmann [ at ] awi.de

Abstract

Vast quantities of plastics are accumulating in the oceans. At sea, plastics interact with marine biota often with deleterious consequences for organisms and habitats. As users of marine food resources and ecosystem services humans are also affected by marine plastic litter. Economic, social and health implications necessitate decisive action to manage this growing environmental problem at a global scale. Accordingly, legislative and technological instruments have been implemented to reduce the amounts of marine plastic debris. Promising strategies to reduce the human plastic footprint in the oceans must involve the minimization of plastic discharges into the marine environment.



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Gutow, L. and Bergmann, M. (2017): Contamination of our oceans by plastics , Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences .


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