State of the Salish Sea, Salish Sea, microplastic, pollutants, food web
Microplastic (< 5 mm) consumption and the movement of microplastic through the marine food web is an emerging concern in the Salish Sea. Upon consumption, marine plastics can physically and chemically affect marine organisms. Effects from plastics may be unique among species, types of contaminants, and types and sizes of plastics. Existing research indicates that current microplastic concentrations within the Salish Sea are not a significant threat to marine organisms. However, factors such as increasing urbanization and climate change may create or exacerbate microplastics impacts on Salish Sea species.
State of the Salish Sea
Salish Sea Institute
Bagley, A; Kemp, I. (2021). Biological Repercussions from Microplastics in the Salish Sea. In K.L. Sobocinski, State of the Salish Sea. Salish Sea Institute, Western Washington University. http://doi.org/10.25710/vfhb-3a69
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