Marine debris – plastics pollution

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.

Program resources

Gulf-wide citizen science microplastics sampling map

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.

Florida microplastic awareness project

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.

Texas monofilament recovery and recycling

Monofilament, more commonly known as fishing line, can be harmful to marine wildlife if not retrieved. To learn more about this Texas Sea Grant program, click here. Follow them on Facebook here.

Videos

How plastic affects wildlife with Chris Figgener

What are microplastics and how do they affect our health?

News

Texas Sea Grant co-sponsored the first Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium

Mississippi River Microplastics on the Menu

Yoga pants adding to sea pollution, Alabama led study finds

Yoga pants, fleece jackets and sea pollution: The link you didn’t know

Coastal Cleanup volunteers can reduce microplastics in water

McGuire Awarded NOAA Grant to Raise Awareness about Microplastics in Florida Waters

Featured photo: Microplastics photographed in the studio for a Florida Trend feature on Friday, July 21st, 2017. (Florida Sea Grant)