Microplastic pollution in ocean could be double previous estimates, study finds

The Independent | May 22, 2020 at 6:26 PM
  • Microplastic pollution in the oceans is believed to be more than double the previous estimates.
  • The scientists discovered that by sampling the waters using nets with mesh of 100 microns resulted in 2.5 times more plastic particles than the typically-used net with mesh of 333 microns, and ten times more than in nets with 500 microns as the finer nets were able to capture thinner and shorter microplastic fibers.
  • The Ocean Conservancy reported that many fish species also consume plastics debris, confusing it for real food and estimated that at least 600 different wildlife species are threatened by the pollution.