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. 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 (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
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 (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. Amy Uhrin (SG-MMP, WG-42)
Marine Debris Program
1305 East-West Highway, SSMC4, Room 10240
Silver Spring, MD
U.S.A. 20910