Fall NMFS GOM Plankton Cruise
Each September (beginning in 2016) during the NMFS fall plankton cruise (part of SEAMAP) microplastic samples will also be taken at ~30 stations along the U.S.A. Gulf of Mexico continental shelf from the U.S./Mexico border to the Florida Keys. These microplastic samples will be collected using neuston tows (0.505 mesh), bongo tows (.202 mesh) and whole water samples collected at various depths throughout the water column. This data will allow us to determine surface and water column microplastic concentrations and also compare the concentrations found in tows to whole water samples.
Location: Gulf of Mexico