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Are you collaborating with Dr. Hideshige Takada who studies plastic pellets?

Posted on November 10 2012

Question sumitted by Trinity-Pawling School

We are not collaborating with Dr. Takada on this particular expedtion, but SEA has previoulsy shared open-ocean plastic samples for analyis in his laboratory at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.  Dr. Takada's group is interested in the presence of organic pollutants such as DDTs, PCBs, PAHs and others that are already present in seawater and that may sorb to plastic debris, as well as additives in plastics such as BPA and flame retardants.  The results of this analysis, which was conducted on samples collected on remote and urban beaches and in the open ocean, were published by Hirai et al. in Marine Pollution Bulletin in 2011.