Marine litter is a global problem. Litter (mostly plastics) enters the oceans via multiple sources and in large amounts every day (Lebreton et al., 2012; Maximenko et al., 2012; Lechner et al., 2014; Jambeck et al., 2015). Once reaching the sea, plastics are widely distributed, reaching the deep ocean (Pham et al., 2014), remote seas (Eriksen et al., 2014), polar sea ice (Obbard et al., 2014), and shorelines around the world (Browne et al., 2015). Quantities of litter in the sea appear to have been increasing during the past decades (Thompson et al., 2004; Ryan et al., 2009), and due to the growing impact of plastics on marine life and human health, researchers have requested that harmful plastics be classified as hazardous (Rochman et al., 2013a).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCitizen science for coastal and marine conservation
EditorsJohn A. Cigliano, Heidi L. Ballard
Number of pages28
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Publication date31.10.2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-19322-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-317-27261-8
Publication statusPublished - 31.10.2017

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