Project Objectives


  • To assess temporal and spatial trends in the microplastic concentration in surface waters.

    • To identify microplastic accumulation zones in Tampa Bay

    • To examine seasonal, or weather-related, effects on the quantification of microplastics

    • To assess yearly decreases or increases in microplastics concentrations.

  • To assess spatial trends in microplastic concentration in sediments

    • To identify sediment accumulation zones

  • To assess the microplastic concentrations in effluent from local wastewater treatment facilities

  • To assess the microplastic load in small and large grazers (copepod & manatees)

Long-Term Goal:

  • Establish a sustainable microplastics monitoring program for Tampa Bay