WESTPAC Takes Steps to Combat Marine Microplastics Pollution in Asia and the Pacific

WESTPAC Takes Steps to Combat Marine Microplastics Pollution in Asia and the Pacific

The three days WESTPAC workshop on Microplastics (20- 22 September 2017) finally culminated in a strong willingness to conduct joint research and monitoring of microplastics in the region.

Microplastics are small pieces of plastic found in the ocean, commonly defined as less than 5 millimeters in diameter. In general, microplastics are classified into two distinct types: ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’. Plastic pellets and plastic particles manufactured for particular applications, such as cosmetic products and abrasives, are often called ‘primary’ microplastics, and microplastics produced as a result of fragmentation from larger items are called ‘secondary’ microplastics.

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