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Photo of the Week (8/23/10)


Awash in Marine Debris
Marine debris
Wolcott Henry 2005/Marine Photobank
Marine debris such as this abandoned fish trap in Florida's Biscayne Bay, is one of the most widespread but potentially solvable pollution problems facing the ocean. From 1997 to 2007, researchers studied trends of the amount of marine debris in three regions along the U.S. Atlantic Coast—the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast. They found that the Northeast and Southeast regions kept marine debris loads relatively low and stable during the 10-year study period, despite experiencing population increases. Total levels of debris in the Mid-Atlantic, however, increased throughout the study and were five times higher than in the other two regions.

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