Fishing, it seems, is a good thing.
But how to prevent the ocean of plastic pollution from eating into our oceans and our lives?
That’s what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are hoping to answer in a new report.
The goal of the study, published online this week, is to help fisheries officials better understand how the plastic pollution problem is evolving.
The report is based on data collected in the past decade by NOAA Fisheries and the University of Maryland’s Marine Mammal Science Institute.
NOAA Fisheries is the agency that conducts the surveys, while the Marine Mammals Science Institute is the one that collects the data.
The agency said it is interested in understanding the impacts of ocean plastics on the marine environment and the impacts on the fish that live in it.
“There’s an emerging body of research that has shown that there is a direct relationship between the accumulation of plastic in the ocean and an increase in disease, pollution, and mortality,” NOAA Fisheries Program Manager Paul Bock told The Verge.
“The key is to get an understanding of what’s happening and how to reduce that, rather than just focusing on what’s good for fish.”
The report focuses on plastic pollution in coastal waters and in other areas of the ocean, including ocean floors and at depths below the surface, the agency said.
While it has been well known for some time that plastic is damaging to fish and other organisms, the study’s authors note that it is not known exactly how much plastic is accumulating in the oceans, which are notoriously difficult to track and measure.
The findings suggest that there are multiple pathways through which plastic is being transported, Bock said.
The researchers also identified that certain plastics, including polyethylene (PET) and polypropylene (PP), are able to survive in the environment and survive longer than others.
The most common of these is polyethylenimide (PETN), a plastic found in consumer products, like plastic bottles and plastic bags.
The PETN-based plastics have been implicated in a number of serious and life-threatening diseases, including cancer, and the researchers identified PETN as a key plastic component in a wide range of marine ecosystems.
But the researchers also found PETN to be more than just a plastic component.
“We’re finding it in a lot of marine organisms,” Bock added.
“It’s been a key component in the evolution of many species, from fish to sharks, dolphins, and whales.
It’s also found in plankton.
They are still present in the surface ocean, and they are becoming increasingly prevalent.” “
Some plastics are not that harmful, but there are a lot more that are.
They are still present in the surface ocean, and they are becoming increasingly prevalent.”
In order to understand the extent to which plastic pollution is impacting marine life, Bocks and his colleagues took a look at the extent of plastic accumulation in the marine ecosystem.
“As we look at marine life on the bottom, we need to know about what’s going on above,” Bocks said.
“If we don’t know that, we can’t predict what will happen at the surface.
We also need to look at what’s floating on the surface and how it’s affecting the bottom.”
For example, there are plastic particles in the air that float on the ocean floor.
They can drift around and create debris.
If the ocean is full of plastic, it will not be able to hold all of the debris, which can accumulate in the bottom and float around the ocean.
“One of the ways that we can predict what’s on the seafloor and what’s not is by measuring the concentrations of different plastic components,” Bocking said.
“You can measure plastic particulate concentrations in the water by looking at how long it takes for the particles to build up on the water surface.
If you can measure how long they are floating, you can see how long the plastic is going to last, and how much more plastic is floating in the upper part of the water column than in the lower part.”
The researchers used a technique called gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), a method that can be used to detect the presence of various chemicals in water.
The team used GC-MS to measure the concentrations and levels of plastic particles that were found in seawater samples from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
The results showed that there were more plastic particles than there were plastic particles found in the atmosphere.
“In terms of our understanding of the extent and nature of plastic contamination in the human ecosystem, there’s a lot we can learn from the human microbiome,” Bocked said.
This is not the first study to look into the impact of plastic on marine life.
A 2013 study from the University at Albany found that plastic particles