Study Group: Marine Microplastics
Statement of Purpose

Along with microplastic topic sessions in 2014 and 2017 PICES Annual Meeting, there has been a growing need to establish an expert group on microplastic pollution in the North Pacific region which is considered one of the ‘hot spots’ on the globe. While SG-MMP will focus on impacts of microplastics and their associated chemicals on marine environment and biota, linkages will be established with other efforts that describe socio-economic impacts of microplastic pollution.

The purpose of the proposed SG-MMP is to identify major microplastic issues in the North Pacific including marginal coastal seas and to identify knowledge gaps. The Study Group will establish a list of priority research needs in PICES member countries as well as world society by avoiding duplication of the other international and regional working groups and programs on microplastics. This will help to fill urgent knowledge gaps through further expert group involvement and activity in PICES. Input from regional and international bodies such as ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea), GESAMP (Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection) and NOWPAP (Northwest Pacific Action Plan), will increase efficiencies and the scientific value of the SG-MMP outcome.

The establishment of SG-MMP is consistent with the FUTURE Science Plan component 3 (How do human activities affect coastal ecosystems and how are societies affected by changes in these ecosystems?), and contribute insight into the structure, function and resilience of ecosystems as in components 1 and 2. This will provide a critical evaluation of highly complex microplastics, clarify priority concerns in the North Pacific, and provide a platform to evaluate the relative importance of microplastics compared to other stressors.

Terms of Reference
  1. Identify knowledge gaps and establish research priority for impacts of microplastics and their associated chemicals on marine environment and biota;
  2. Identify interactions within PICES scientific committees and expert groups that will complement the Study Group;
  3. Explore potential partnerships with other professional or multilateral organizations (e.g., ICES, GESAMP, NOWPAP) which could lead to joint activities (working group, sessions, publications), improve efficiencies and strengthen scientific outcomes;
  4. Develop recommendations for a possible PICES WG on marine microplastics.
Dr. Sarah Dudas (SG-MMP, WG-41)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
3190 Hammond Bay Rd.
Nanaimo, BC
Canada V9T 6N7
Dr. Peter S. Ross (MEQ, SG-MMP)
Coastal Ocean Research Institute
Pacific Science Enterprise Centre
4160 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
Canada V7V 1N6
Prof. Daoji Li (SG-MMP)
State Key Lab. of Estuarine and Coastal Research
East China Normal University
3663 North Zhongshan Rd.
Shanghai, China, PR 200062
(86-21) 62232319
(86-21) 52510545
Dr. Chengjun Sun (SG-MMP)
First Institute of Oceanography, MNR
6 Xianxialing Rd., LaoShan District
Qingdao, China, PR 266061
Ms. Weiwei Zhang (SG-MMP)
National Marine Environmental Monitoring Center (NMEMC), MEE
42 Linghe St., Shahekou District
Dalian, China, PR 116023
Dr. Haruhiko Nakata (SG-MMP)
Graduate School of Science and Technology
Kumamoto University
2-39-1 Kurokami
Kumamoto, Japan 860-8555
Prof. Hideshige Takada (SG-MMP, WG-42)
Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
3-5-8 Saiwaicho
Fuchu, Tokyo
Japan 183-8509
(81-42) 367-5825
(81-42) 360-8264
Dr. Shuhei Tanaka (SG-MMP, WG-42)
Department of Technology Ecology, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
Kyoto University
Yoshidahonmachi, Sakyo-ku
Kyoto, Japan 606-8501
Dr. Sang Hee Hong (SG-MMP, WG-42)
Oil and POPs Research Group
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST)
41 Jangmok-1-gil, Jangmok-myon
Geoje, Korea, R 53201
Prof. Seung-Kyu Kim (SG-MMP, WG-42)
Department of Marine Science
Incheon National University
119 Academy-ro, Yeonsu-gu
Incheon, Korea, R 22012
(82-32) 835-8862
Dr. Wonjoon Shim (GC, SG-MMP, WG-42)
SG-MMP Chair
South Sea Research Institute
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST)
41 Jangmok-1-gil, Jangmok-myon
Geoje, Korea, R 656-834
(82-55) 639-8671
(82-55) 639-8677
Dr. Jennifer Lynch (SG-MMP, WG-42)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Hawaii Pacific University
45-045 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaneohe, HI
U.S.A. 96744
Dr. Matthew Savoca (SG-MMP)
Department of Biology, Hopkins Marine Station
Stanford University
120 Ocean View Blvd.
Pacific Grove, CA
U.S.A. 93950
Dr. Amy Uhrin (SG-MMP, WG-42)
Marine Debris Program
1305 East-West Highway, SSMC4, Room 10240
Silver Spring, MD
U.S.A. 20910