Microplastics in Maine waters : Research begins to measure amounts in Gulf of Maine

Researchers at the Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) in Blue Hill have been collecting samples to look at microplastics in Maine coastal waters since 2012. Last year they collected 4,935 pieces of microplastics from Penobscot and Blue Hill bays, averaging 14 pieces per liter of seawater.

MERI is not alone in seeking to better understand the distribution of microplastics in Maine. Dr. Neal Pettigrew from University of Maine is currently analyzing samples collected in Penobscot Bay for microplastics, and students at Maine Maritime Academy have sampled waters in Castine Harbor as well as in the Gulf of Maine in ocean science courses and senior research projects. (…)

Stacy R. Knapp, workingwaterfront.com, 21/10/2014

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