Marine debris that takes the form of plastics—whether a water bottle tossed off a boat, abandoned fishing line, or microbeads/microplastics from soap or laundry—impacts the ecosystem in large and small ways. Sea Grant programs around the Gulf address the issue through a variety of approaches.
In this Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium-funded project, citizen scientists collected and counted microplastics in sediment and water samples across the US Gulf coast. To view the interactive map, click here.
The Florida Microplastic Awareness Project (FMAP) is a citizen-science Florida Sea Grant-affiliated project that was funded in 2015 by an outreach and education grant from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program. To learn more, click here.
Featured photo: Microplastics photographed in the studio for a Florida Trend feature on Friday, July 21st, 2017. (Florida Sea Grant)