Report:  Plastic Debris in the Marine Environment | ocean science |

Marine debris is defined as any persistent manmade object discarded, disposed of, or abandoned that enters the coastal or marine environment. In recent years, the accumulation of debris in convergence zones within the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre have garnered much attention under the media-generated label, "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch." However, marine debris and its impacts are not isolated to distant parts of the Pacific Ocean. Research shows, for example, that there are significant deposits of small, or micro-plastic debris accumulating in various amounts along California's shoreline. This is a problem for a state like California, which boasts a multibillion-dollar tourism industry oriented around its scenic coast.

Via Oceanscience