Plastics are indispensable in our daily life.
However, plastics are polluting the ocean around us.
If plastics continue to spill out into the ocean, the amount may eventually surpass the volume of fishes.
Marine plastics significantly impact not only marine ecology but also the global economy.
However, only a little of the estimated amount of plastics in the world ocean has been observed.
Where did all the plastics go?
To grasp the global distribution and impact of marine plastics, JAMSTEC is conducting various scientific researches including the observation of deep-sea environments and the development of effective and innovative technologies for plastic monitoring.Read more
Marine plastic pollution is a global problem but the ocean is too vast to collect the needed information.
JAMSTEC works with private sectors and citizens to expand observation coverage to a global scale.
Besides science, JAMSTEC puts an emphasis on promotion of literacy of ocean environment.Read more