Microplastics – Galapagos (Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean) – Dramatic Increase Reported

According to a June 8, 2020 International Atomic Energy Agency News Release https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/world-oceans-day-2020-new-iaea-research-records-dramatic-increase-in-microplastic-pollution-in-eastern-tropical-pacific-ocean “... The major challenge scientists and policy makers face today is a lack of knowledge on the biological impacts of microplastics in marine organisms … scientists from the IAEA and Ecuador have recently completed the first-ever, decade-long study on plastic particle abundance in the coastal waters off Ecuador. The study results form a baseline for future research, including on seafood safety … The research has revealed that the microplastic pollution in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean is set to continue to increase in the coming decades … Plastic particles below 5 mm in length … are accidentally consumed by marine organisms and make their way to the food chain … the source of microplastics pollution is likely not local, but regional and maybe even global in scale …” #Microplastics #PlasticWaste #FoodPackaging #SingleUsePlastic #Galapagos #IAEA