Articles & Reports
" Marine litter in the Republic of Korea". Comprehensive report describing the problem of marine litter in Korea. By Dr. Chang-Gu Kang, Director of NOWPAP MER/RAC.
" Out in the Pacific, Plastic is Getting Drastic (The World's Largest Landfill is in the Middle of the Ocean)". Article by Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research Foundation. (2002)
Plastic Resin Pellets as a Transport Medium for Toxic Chemicals in the Marine Environment". Article by Yukie Mato and others; Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo University of Fisheries, and National Institute of Health Sciences. (2001)
" Marine Debris: A Focus for Community Engagement", by Paul Topping, Environment Canada. Paper presented at the Coastal Zone Canada Conference. (2000)
Proceedings from the
4th International Marine Debris Conference on Derelict Fishing Gear and the Marine Environment, Hawaii. The conference web site offers a number of proceeding documents. (2000)
" Derelict fishing gear and other marine debris:Australia and the Asia Pacific", by Ilse Kiessling National Oceans Office, Department of Environment and Heritage, Australia
Marine Trash: A Coastal Threat to Southern California", By Amy Bird.
" Marine Trash and Debris" has been written by the Offshore Operators Committee whose goal is to create awareness, reduce and/or eliminate marine trash and debris.
Marine Trash in Southern California", by Mark von Leffern
Lost at Sea: Where is all the Plastic?" Article in Science, 7 May 2004 (vol. 304, p. 838), by Richard C. Thompson, Ylva Olsen, Richard P. Mitchell, Anthony Davies, Steven J. Rowland, Anthony W.G. John, Daniel McGonigle, and Andrea E. Russell. Summaries of the article have been published in, e.g., New Scientist and National Geographic News.
University of Southampton Press Release: "A team of expert marine biologists and chemists has carried out research which proves for the first time that oceans and shores are contaminated with microscopic fragments and fibres of plastic".
Research on pelagic plastics by
Algalita Marine Research Foundation.
Shoreline studies at Padre Island point to trash sources, by John Miller. This article is from Natural Resource Year in Review - 1998, published by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, in June 1999 (publication D-1346)
" Reducing marine litter" has been written by the U.S. Commission on Ocean policy whose goal, among others is to create greater commitment to public education and outreach, partnerships with local governments, communities, and industry, and enhanced research, monitoring, and source identification in helping to reduce marine debris.
" MARINE DEBRIS: JAMAICA’S RESPONSE" was presented by Laleta Davis-Mattis at the UN Open Ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (6th Meeting) NY 6-10 June 2005.
" MARINE DEBRIS: A visible threat to our waterways and shorelines" is a Wildlife Journal article which reminds us that Recycling, responsible trash handling and cleaning up the beaches are a few ways to keep our ocean from getting trashed.