Working Group 42: Indicators of Marine Plastic Pollution
Motivation and Goals:
Marine debris is increasingly recognized as a threat to biota in the ocean, and especially North Pacific and its marginal seas are reported as ‘hot spots’ for its abundance. However, organismal and non-organismal indicators, which are consistently available across the North Pacific region, for plastic pollution status and trend and ecological impacts are not established.
Terms of Reference
  1. To review micro- and mesoplastic pollution (e.g. abundance, distribution, composition, and potential impacts) in North Pacific and its marginal seas;
  2. To identify multiple organismal and non-organismal indicators of plastic pollution and its environmental impacts including associated chemicals in the North Pacific and its marginal seas;
  3. To recommend guidelines for monitoring environmental indicators and a target improvement goal for the established indicators;
  4. To convene a topic session and/or workshop on environmental indicators and impacts of plastic pollution and coordinate a special issue in an international peer-reviewed journal;
  5. Contribute to FUTURE by publishing a final report summarizing results of the Working Group deliberations.
Annual Meetings



Dr. Peter S. Ross (MEQ, WG-42)
Coastal Ocean Research Institute
Pacific Science Enterprise Centre
4160 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
Canada V7V 1H2
1-604 659-3517
Prof. Daoji Li (WG-42)
State Key laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research
East China Normal University
500 Dongchuan Rd.
Shanghai, China, PR 200241
(86-21) 54836458
(86-21) 54836458
Dr. Connie NG (WG-42)
University of Hong Kong
Rm 316, Li Dak Sum Building, CUHK
Hong Kong, China, PR 3442-6215
(852) 3943 5943
Dr. Chengjun Sun (WG-42)
WG-42 Co-Chair
First Institute of Oceanography, MNR
6 Xianxialing Rd., LaoShan District
Qingdao, China, PR 266061
(+86) 532-88963310
Prof. Juying Wang (WG-42)
42 Linghe St., Shahekou District
Dalian, Liaoning
China, PR 116023
Dr. Kazuhiko Mochida (WG-42)
National Research Institute of Fisheries and Environment of Inland Sea
Fisheries Research and Education Agency
2-17-5 Maruishi
Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
Japan 739-0452
(81-829) 55-3759
(81-829) 54-1216
Prof. Hideshige Takada (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 (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 (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
Dr. Miran Kim (S-MBM, WG-42)
Survey and Research
National Park Research Institute
Korea National Park Service, Danguro 171
Wonju, Kangwon-do
Korea, R 26441
(82-33) 769-1626
Prof. Seung-Kyu Kim (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, WG-42)
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 M Lynch (WG-42)
WG-42 Co-Chair
Center for Marine Debris Research
National Institute of Standards and Technology
41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy
Waimanalo, HI
U.S.A. 96795
Dr. Matthew Savoca (WG-42)
Department of Biology, Hopkins Marine Station
Stanford University
120 Ocean View Blvd.
Pacific Grove, CA
U.S.A. 93950
Dr. Amy V. Uhrin (WG-42)
Marine Debris Program
1305 East-West Highway, SSMC4, Room 10240
Silver Spring, MD
U.S.A. 20910