Special to mongabay.com
January 05, 2011
The 2010 scientific expedition undertaken by the European program called Mediterranean En-Dangered (MED) reveals that 250 billion microplastics could be found in the Mediterranean Sea. The main goal of the program, which will end in 2013, is to quantify the distribution of plastic pollution and better understand its dynamics in the Mediterranean Sea. Microplastics are usually defined as plastic particles smaller than 5 millimeters, so for most part they are invisible to human eyes.
The lack of knowledge on the effects and fate of microplastic marine debris should not stop us from doing everything possible to stop dumping plastics into the Mediterranean Sea, which already faces a barrage of environmental problems. Clearly, considerably reducing microplastic inputs must be a priority of this decade.
For more information from Endangered Species International