About the Authors

Marcus Eriksen
Five Gyres Institute, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Laurent C. M. Lebreton
Dumpark Data Science, Wellington, New Zealand

Henry S. Carson
Marine Science Department, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii, United States of America

Henry S. Carson
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, Washington, United States of America

Martin Thiel
Facultad Ciencias del Mar, Universidad Católica del Norte, Coquimbo, Chile

Martin Thiel
Millennium Nucleus Ecology and Sustainable Management of Oceanic Island (ESMOI), Coquimbo, Chile

Martin Thiel
Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas (CEAZA), Coquimbo, Chile

Charles J. Moore
Algalita Marine Research and Education, Long Beach, California, United States of America

Jose C. Borerro
eCoast Limited, Raglan, New Zealand

Francois Galgani
Departement Océanographie et Dynamique des Ecosystemes, Institut français de recherche pour l′exploitation de la mer (Ifremer), Bastia, Corsica, France

Peter G. Ryan
Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa

Julia Reisser
School of Environmental Systems Engineering and Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Perth, Australia

Corresponding Author

marcus@5gyres.org

Competing Interests

Jose Borerro is affiliated wih eCoast Ltd., and this affiliation does not alter the authors' adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials. Laurent C. M. Lebreton is affiliated with Dumpark Creative Industries Ltd., and this affiliation does not alter the authors' adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: ME LCML HSC MT JCB PGR JR. Performed the experiments: ME LCML HSC MT CJM JCB FG PGR JR. Analyzed the data: ME LCML HSC MT JCB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: LCML JCB. Wrote the paper: ME LCML HSC MT CJM JCB FG PGR JR. Calculated plastic fragmentation rates: MT. Designed ocean model: LCML JCB. Contributed field data: ME HSC MT CJM FG PGR JR.