From the presence of microplastics recorded on CPR samples it is
clear that microplastics are widely distributed in the North-East
Atlantic with their frequency increasing towards the coasts
(particularly in the southern North Sea). From retrospective
analysis of some CPR samples spannincg three decades it appears
that microplastics are increasing in frequency through time
(Science (2004) 308:834). The incidence of monofilament netting
snagged by the CPR towed body also seems to be increasing,
particularly in the southern North Sea.
Read more: Thompson, R.C., Olsen, Y., Mitchell, R.P., Davis, A.,
Rowland, S.J., John, A.W.G., McGonigle, D. and Russell, A.E., 2004.
Lost at sea: where is all the plastic? Science,