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Research Article

Marine Plastic Pollution in Waters around Australia: Characteristics, Concentrations, and Pathways

  • Julia Reisser mail,

    jureisser@gmail.com

    Affiliations: School of Environmental Systems Engineering, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Wealth from Oceans Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Floreat, Western Australia, Australia

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  • Jeremy Shaw,

    Affiliation: Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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  • Chris Wilcox,

    Affiliations: Wealth from Oceans Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Floreat, Western Australia, Australia, Marine and Atmospheric Research, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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  • Britta Denise Hardesty,

    Affiliations: Wealth from Oceans Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Floreat, Western Australia, Australia, Marine and Atmospheric Research, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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  • Maira Proietti,

    Affiliation: Instituto de Oceanografia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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  • Michele Thums,

    Affiliations: School of Environmental Systems Engineering, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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  • Charitha Pattiaratchi

    Affiliations: School of Environmental Systems Engineering, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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  • Published: November 27, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080466

About the Authors

Julia Reisser, Michele Thums, Charitha Pattiaratchi
School of Environmental Systems Engineering, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Julia Reisser, Michele Thums, Charitha Pattiaratchi
Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Julia Reisser, Chris Wilcox, Britta Denise Hardesty
Wealth from Oceans Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Floreat, Western Australia, Australia
Jeremy Shaw
Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Chris Wilcox, Britta Denise Hardesty
Marine and Atmospheric Research, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Maira Proietti
Instituto de Oceanografia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Michele Thums
Australian Institute of Marine Science, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Corresponding Author

Email: jureisser@gmail.com

Competing Interests

The authors have the following interests. This study was partly funded by Austral Fisheries and the Shell social investment program. There are no patents, products in development or marketed products to declare. This does not alter their adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials, as detailed online in the guide for authors.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JR JS CW BDH MP MT CP. Performed the experiments: JR JS CW. Analyzed the data: JR CP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: JR JS CW BDH CP. Wrote the paper: JR JS MP MT.