microplastics

Ocean circulation can impact on the effectiveness of marine protected areas

Researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) studying the UK’s four largest Marine Protected Areas have found that, because of the ocean’s vigorous circulation, even remote, seemingly pristine habitats, are not isolated from human activities, and may be vulnerable to pollution and overfishing impacts.

International collaborative expedition to shed light on microplastics and ocean carbon

On Friday 14 April the RRS Discovery will leave Southampton for a research expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain sustained ocean observatory (PAP-SO) in the Northeast Atlantic.

Microplastics discovered in the deep, open ocean

Microplastic research at NOC

This week researchers from NOC and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) have embarked on a collaborative research expedition to further understand how tiny pieces of plastic litter are spreading in the open ocean and affecting life within.