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Environmental Science Research Vessel in Lake Erie

The Research Vessel Nancy K, a 55’ Great Lakes fishing tug built in 1951, will be moored here in Erie with the Bayfront Maritime Center vessels in the East Canal Basin for several days. Aboard are University of Michigan Research Scientists studying plastic pollution levels in Great Lakes waters. Most of these plastic particles are tiny and can only be seen through a microscope. What they’re looking for is a nearly invisible cloud of plastic particles near the surface. Fish can confuse it with food, or swallow it by accident. These plastic particles attract chemical pollutants and can carry toxins

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