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What does the PNW Consortium do?

The Consortium brings together regional scientists, regulators, and community coalitions in the Pacific Northwest to compile data on plastics occurrence, transport through the environment, breakdown, and consequential effects on aquatic species in effort to support risk decision-makers. The social and environmental problem of plastics in the environment is of critical concern, so the Consortium exists to aid the public as a mechanism to get educated using direct research about the hazards of plastic at the micro and nano level.

The Consortium is supported by the National Science Foundation Growing Convergence Research Big Idea under Grants #1935028 and #1935018.

Our consortium partners include several government and state-run agencies, regional water boards, and many land use and resource organizations. 


Click on the photos below to learn about some of our local consortium partners. 

Ever Blue

Marine studies initiative

Oceans Plastics Recovery Project




Plastic Ocean Project

Ocean Wise

West Coast Marine Debris Alliance 

San Francisco Estuary Institute


Indian Fisheries 


Defenders of Wildlife


Oceans International 

5 Gyres 

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance




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