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Plymouth Sound and The Hoe

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Saving our seas from plastic

  • Influencing global change around plastic pollution
  • Coined the term ‘microplastics’ in landmark paper
  • Research led to UK ban on microbeads
  • Awarded OBE for over 20 years of service to marine science
  • Director of the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth
  • Our founder of Plymouth’s International Marine Litter Research Unit

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Richard Thompson

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