Environmental implications of plastic debris in marine settings--entanglement, ingestion, smothering, hangers-on, hitch-hiking and alien invasions.

@article{Gregory2009EnvironmentalIO,
  title={Environmental implications of plastic debris in marine settings--entanglement, ingestion, smothering, hangers-on, hitch-hiking and alien invasions.},
  author={Murray R Gregory},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={364 1526},
  pages={2013-25}
}
Over the past five or six decades, contamination and pollution of the world's enclosed seas, coastal waters and the wider open oceans by plastics and other synthetic, non-biodegradable materials (generally known as 'marine debris') has been an ever-increasing phenomenon. The sources of these polluting materials are both land- and marine-based, their origins may be local or distant, and the environmental consequences are many and varied. The more widely recognized problems are typically… CONTINUE READING
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