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 pollution (e.g. abundance, distribution, composition, and potential impacts) across different size categories in the 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


2020, 2019

Session and Workshop Summaries

S7, Environmental indicators of plastic pollution in the North Pacific

Dr. Sarah Dudas (WG-41, WG-42)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
3190 Hammond Bay Rd.
Nanaimo, BC
Canada V9T 6N7
Dr. Jennifer F Provencher (WG-42)
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Science and Technology Branch
National Wildlife Research Centre C/O Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Drive, Raven Road
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1A 0H3
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
Dr. Kazuhiko Mochida (MEQ, WG-42)
Environmental Conservation Division, Environment and Fisheries Applied Techniques Research Department, Fisheries Technology Institute
Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA)
2-17-5 Maruishi
Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
Japan 739-0452
(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
Prof. Daoji Li (WG-42)
State Key laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research
East China Normal University
500 Dongchuan Rd.
Shanghai, People's Republic of China 200241
(86-21) 54836458
(86-21) 54836458
Dr. Connie Ka-yan NG (WG-42)
Department of Chemistry and State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution
City University of Hong Kong
Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, 83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
People's Republic of China 0000
(852) 3442 6504
Dr. Chengjun Sun (WG-42)
WG-42 Co-Chair
First Institute of Oceanography, MNR
6 Xianxialing Rd., LaoShan District
Qingdao, People's Republic of China 266061
(+86) 532-88963310
Prof. Juying Wang (WG-42)
42 Linghe St., Shahekou District
Dalian, Liaoning
People's Republic of China 116023
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, Republic of Korea 53201
Dr. Miran Kim (S-MBM, WG-42)
Survey and Research
Seabirds Lab. of Korea
Shinjieongro 250 506-2301
Wonju, Kangwon-do
Republic of Korea 26353
(82-10) 3161-1528
Prof. Seung-Kyu Kim (WG-42)
Department of Marine Science
Incheon National University
119 Academy-ro, Yeonsu-gu
Incheon, Republic of Korea 22012
(82-32) 835-8862
Dr. Wonjoon Shim (WG-42)
Risk Assessment Research Center
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST)
41 Jangmok-1-gil, Jangmok-myon
Geoje, Republic of Korea 656-834
(82-55) 639-8671
(82-55) 639-8677
Dr. Iana Blinovskaia (WG-42)
Safety in Emergency Situation and Environmental Protection
Far Eastern Federal University
8 Sukhnova St.
Vladivostok, Russia 690003
Mr. Nikolai Kozlovskii (WG-42)
Pacific Geographical Institute FEB RAS
7 Radio St.
Vladivostok, Russia 690041
(7-4232) 312833
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 (SG-ECOP, 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