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Jim Leichter stands with bottles retreived on Aug. 10,2009, during SEAPLEX. Photo credit: J. Leichter.

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From August 2-21, a group of doctoral students and research volunteers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Project Kaisei were on an expedition aboard the Scripps research vessel New Horizon exploring the problem of plastic in the North Pacific Ocean Gyre. The Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX) focused on a suite of critical scientific questions. How much plastic is accumulating, how is it distributed, and how is it affecting ocean life?

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Mario Aguilera or Annie Reisewitz
Tel. 858-534-3624
Email: scrippsnews@ucsd.edu


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Plastic Trash Altering Ocean Habitats, Scripps Study Shows Plastic Trash Altering Ocean Habitats, Scripps Study Shows - May 8, 2012

Sharp increase of small plastic debris in the 'Garbage Patch' could have ecosystem-wide consequences
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Scripps Study Finds Plastic in Nine Percent of 'Garbage Patch' Fishes
Scripps Study Finds Plastic in Nine Percent of 'Garbage Patch' Fishes - Jun 30, 2011

SEAPLEX researchers estimate tens of thousands of tons of debris annually ingested by fish in middle ocean depths of North Pacific Ocean
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SEAPLEX: Scripps Cruise Returns SEAPLEX: Scripps Cruise Returns - Aug 24, 2009

Seeking the science of the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch PRESS CONFERENCE
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SEAPLEX: Scripps Research Cruise SEAPLEX: Scripps Research Cruise - Aug 17, 2009

Scientists in the Pacific Gyre studying ocean debris; will recount their expedition in Aug. 27 press conference
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