Feb. 8, 2019: Marine Micro-plastics–A Complex & Emerging Issue

Photo: Gerry Beetham

Presentation by Mark Hahn, Ph.D.: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), Senior Scientist

Location: Harwich Community Center, #100 Oak Street, 02645
Day/date/time: Saturday, February 8th, 2:00 p.m.
Admission: Suggested donation of $5

Scientists estimate that eight million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year, yet only a small fraction is visible at the surface. Over time, sunlight, salt, and wave action break up larger plastics into ever smaller pieces. Marine micro-plastics are ubiquitous fragments of degraded plastic less than 5 mm in diameter. WHOI scientists and their research partners are studying the environmental fate of these plastics. Mark Hahn will focus his talk on WHOI’s interdisciplinary investigation of these particles to better understand the fate of micro-plastics drifting through the ocean, gauging their impacts on marine life and human health, and engineering new technological solutions needed to push the science forward.