Chemical Toxicity of Plastics Pollution to Aquatic Life and Aquatic-Dependent Wildlife

| September 8, 2017

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The purpose of this report is to synthesize the state of the science on the potential chemical toxicity of ingested plastic and associated chemicals on aquatic organisms and aquatic-dependent wildlife. The focus of this document is primarily on marine systems, with data provided on the Great Lakes and other freshwater systems, where available. Since mass-production of plastics began in the 1940s and 1950s, the amount of plastic debris entering marine and freshwater ecosystems has increased by several orders of magnitude (Cole et al., 2011). However, recently the accumulation and potential impacts of plastic pollution has been recognized as an emerging environmental issue (GESAMP 2015; UNEP 2016). Recent estimates suggest that 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste entered the global marine environment in 2010.

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