A research study conducted by Kinsley McEachern, a former EPC self-study intern and University of South Florida St. Petersburg Marine Sciences graduate student, was published recently in the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin. Ms. McEachern and a professor at Eckerd College collaborated on the study which found that there are about four billion particles of microplastics in the bay. The Tampa Bay Estuary Program provided the grant funding for the project. EPC hosted the sampling
events in support of her thesis project, providing boats to access and collect samples at 24 different sampling spots around the bay, including Old Tampa Bay, Middle Tampa Bay, Lower Tampa Bay, and Hillsborough Bay.