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What is Marine Debris & Microplastics?

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Marine Debris

What is Marine Debris?

Marine debris is defined as any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes. 

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All The Cups - by Jack

"6 year old Jack narrates a short film about stormwater debris into Corpus Christi Bay, Texas, after a one inch rainfall event. His message, 'please don't throw trash on the ground'."






(Photo courtesy Corpus Christi Caller-Times, photographer Rachel Denny Clow)

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