Nurdles (pellets to make HDPE, LDPE & PP plastics) on BC's south coast
Points have dates and photos.
Plastic production pellets were observed at yellow sites on map; High concentration of nurdles at red sites. Ongoing fieldwork conducted since Dec.2016.
While there are nurdles in many locations, there is much more plastic debris and polystyrene. Does it matter?
Contact below if you notice nurdles but finding them is "hands and knees" work as they are usually not visible standing up.
Widespread distribution of microplastics in subsurface seawater in the NE Pacific Ocean. Marine Pollution Bulletin 79(1), pgs.94-99, 2014.
Marine Anthropogenic Litter, 2015.
Are we eating plastic-ingesting fish? Marine Pollution Bulletin 103(1), pgs.109-114, 2016.
Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(38), pgs.11899-11904, 2015.
Plastic resin pellets as a transport medium for toxic chemicals in the marine environment. Environmental Science & Technology 35(2), pgs.318-324, 2001.
Applications and societal benefits of plastics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 364(1526), pgs.1977-1984, 2009.
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