16 Jul 2021

New research finds surprising presence of microplastics

From Nine To Noon, 9:42 am on 16 July 2021

A pilot study from scientists at the University of Auckland and NIWA has found surprising amounts of microplastic particles in marine sediments within the protected parts of the Queen Charlotte Sounds / Tōtaranui.

Researcher at the University of Auckland's School of Environment, Dr Marta Ribo speaks with Kathryn Ryan about this research, which could go wider in NZ, and which has measured microplastics up to 50 cm below the seabed both near coastal populations and within marine protected areas. 

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Photo: Marta Ribo