Marine Debris & Plastics: Environmental Concerns, Sources, Impacts and Solutions

  title={Marine Debris \& Plastics: Environmental Concerns, Sources, Impacts and Solutions},
  author={Seba B. Sheavly and Korean Register},
  journal={Journal of Polymers and the Environment},
Marine debris (marine litter) is one of the most pervasive and solvable pollution problems plaguing the world’s oceans and waterways. Nets, food wrappers, cigarette filters, bottles, resin pellets, and other debris items can have serious impacts on wildlife, habitat, and human safety. Successful management of the problem requires a comprehensive understanding of both marine debris and human behavior. Knowledge is key for consumers to make appropriate choices when it comes to using and disposing… 
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Contents: Part One: The Status of Marine Debris Section 1: Amounts, Types and Distribution Section 2: Biological Impacts * Part Two: The Sources and Solutions to the Marine Debris Dilemma Section 3:
State of the marine environment