Virtual Special Issue: Plastic in the World’s Oceans

The theme for this year’s World Oceans Day on June 8th is ‘healthy oceans, healthy planet’ with the World Oceans Day website providing special resources on plastic pollution. As the site says “The ocean and its wildlife is choking on plastic, and we need to both stop this pollution at the source, and clean it up from the coasts”.

Elsevier journals publish 40% of the articles indexed and abstracted in the Oceanography category of the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports – more than 2,200 articles in 2013. In this Virtual Special Issue we have selected 16 recent publications on microplastics and plastic pollution in the ocean and its effects on our ecosystem and human health. We have made these publications free to access until August 8, 2015 on ScienceDirect and you can link to them below. We hope you enjoy reading them!.

List of Articles:

Oceans of plastic waste
Michael Gross
Current Biology

How much plastic is in the ocean? You tell me!
Charles James Moore
Marine Pollution Bulletin

Debris ingestion by juvenile marine turtles: An underestimated problem
Robson Guimarães Santos, Ryan Andrades, Marcillo Altoé Boldrini, Agnaldo Silva Martins
Marine Pollution Bulletin

The impact of debris on marine life
S.C. Gall, R.C. Thompson
Marine Pollution Bulletin

Dawn of the plasticene age
Christina Reed
New Scientist

Microplastics in bivalves cultured for human consumption
Lisbeth Van Cauwenberghe, Colin R. Janssen
Environmental Pollution

Microplastic pollution in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean: Validated and opportunistic sampling
Amy L. Lusher, Ann Burke, Ian O’Connor, Rick Officer
Marine Pollution Bulletin

Comparative analysis of time series of marine litter surveyed on beaches and the seafloor in the southeastern North Sea
Marcus Schulz, Roland Krone, Gabriele Dederer, Kai Wätjen, Michael Matthies
Marine Environmental Research

Communicating about marine disease: The effects of message frames on policy support
Katherine A. McComas, Jonathon P. Schuldt, Colleen A. Burge, Sungjong Roh
Marine Policy

Plastic pollution of the Kuril–Kamchatka Trench area (NW pacific)
Viola Fischer, Nikolaus O. Elsner, Nils Brenke, Enrico Schwabe, Angelika Brandt
Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography

The role of environmental biotechnology in exploring, exploiting, monitoring, preserving, protecting and decontaminating the marine environment
Nicolas Kalogerakis, Johanne Arff, Ibrahim M. Banat, Ole Jacob Broch, Daniele Daffonchio, Torgeir Edvardsen, Harkaitz Eguiraun, Laura Giuliano, Aleksander Handå, Karmele López-de-Ipiña, Ionan Marigomez, Iciar Martinez, Gunvor Øie, Fernando Rojo, Jorunn Skjermo, Giulio Zanaroli, Fabio Fava
New Biotechnology

Marine debris in a World Heritage Listed Brazilian estuary
Fernanda E. Possatto, Henry L. Spach, André P. Cattani, Marcelo R. Lamour, Lilyane O. Santos, Nathalie M.A. Cordeiro, Matt K. Broadhurst
Marine Pollution Bulletin

Seabirds, gyres and global trends in plastic pollution
Jan A. van Franeker, Kara Lavender Law
Environmental Pollution

A critical overview of the analytical approaches to the occurrence, the fate and the behavior of microplastics in the environment
Teresa Rocha-Santos, Armando C. Duarte
TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry

Favored use of anti-predator netting (APN) applied for the farming of clams leads to little benefits to industry while increasing nearshore impacts and plastics pollution
L.I. Bendell
Marine Pollution Bulletin

Marine litter on the floor of deep submarine canyons of the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea: The role of hydrodynamic processes
Xavier Tubau, Miquel Canals, Galderic Lastras, Xavier Rayo, Jesus Rivera, David Amblas
Progress in Oceanography