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FYSE 117: Swimming in Plastic Soup: Home

This guide provides information, tools, and resources for investigating plastic pollution in our environment.

What's in your tapwater, seafood, ocean? Microplastic debris

"Microplastics..." by Wolfram Burner, used under CC BY-NC 2.0 / Cropped and text added

Trash Talk (Video by NOAA National Ocean Service)

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NOAA Marine Debris Blog

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All shapes, colors, and sizes

Macroplastics range in sizes from cigarette butts, bottle caps, and straws to buoys, plastic crates, and inflatable water toys.

Plastic bottles on beach
"Marine litter..." by Bo Eide is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


Microplastics are less than 5mm in length. Plastics smaller than a few microns have been coined Nanoplastics.
Microplastic by Florida Sea Grant is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


Nurdles are plastic pellets used to create plastic products.
"NoPetroPA-plastic-nurdles..." by Mark Dixon is licensed under CC0 1.0


Modern fishing nets are typically plastic (nylon).
Seal entangled in fishing net
"Seal entangled in fishing net" by NOAA Marine Debris Program is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Geoff Timms, Librarian for Marine Resources

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Marine Resources Library, Fort Johnson