Junk accumulating on Monterey Bay ocean floor: Scientists find increasing levels of debris in the deep sea

Mercury News – Deep below the pale blue shimmering surface of Monterey Bay, lies a ton of trash. “We have even seen artillery shells – large artillery shells, spools of cable and a little unbroken teapot just sitting on the sand,” said Diana Watters of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Center. Watters and her co-workers have been recording the amounts of debris lying on the ocean floor since 1993. More typically the researchers have seen discarded or lost recreational and commercial fishing gear or simply bottles and cans. The most common item in the debris is monofilament fishing line, the line used in rod-and-reel fishing rods. Read Article