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A proposed method to analyze meso- and microplastic pollution on beaches in Oregon Public

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  • Meso- and microplastic debris is becoming a rising coastal issue as more research highlighting the detrimental impacts this material has on marine organisms and the environment is performed. This research, however, continues to be conducted in a non-standardized manner meaning that the data being collected cannot be compared spatially or temporally. In this thesis, the need for standardized meso- and microplastic debris sampling protocols is stressed and a protocol developed by The 5 Gyres Institute, which has been modified to suit Oregon, is suggested. The 5 Gyres Institute has been performing pilot studies in Southern California using college student interns to collect data at several beaches; it is the purpose of this thesis that pilot studies begin here in Oregon. By doing so, we can finally begin to collect data that can be compared and analyzed over time in an effort to create a baseline for meso- and microplastic debris loads on beaches along the West Coast of the United States of America. Hopefully, this thesis will lead to a discussion of standardized methodology for marine debris beach surveys and the detection of change.
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