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Marine Debris Program in the Field: Microplastics Biomonitoring in Wisconsin
A woman holding a metal strain.
Carlie Herring, Research Analyst for the NOAA Marine Debris Program, helps process mussel samples. Image credit: NOAA.

AUG. 31, 2018 — Between Aug. 13 and 16, Carlie Herring, research analyst for the Marine Debris Program, participated in fieldwork as part of a collaborative microplastics pilot project between the Marine Debris Program, NCCOS Great Lakes Mussel Watch, and Loyola University.

The pilot project will assess the feasibility of biomonitoring for microplastics in the Great Lakes using invasive zebra and quagga mussels, similar to contaminant monitoring that is conducted by the NOAA Mussel Watch Program. The microplastics pilot project is focused on sites in the Milwaukee Estuary, including a site near the outfall of a wastewater treatment plant.

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