Policies for managing plastic debris are outdated and threaten the health of people and wildlife, say Chelsea M. Rochman, Mark Anthony Browne and colleagues.

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  1. Chelsea M. Rochman is in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, USA.

    • Chelsea M. Rochman
  2. Mark Anthony Browne is at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, California, USA.

    • Mark Anthony Browne
  3. Benjamin S. Halpern is director of the Center for Marine Assessment and Planning at the University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA.

    • Benjamin S. Halpern
  4. Brian T. Hentschel and Eunha Hoh are associate professors at San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA.

    • Brian T. Hentschel
    •  & Eunha Hoh
  5. Hrissi K. Karapanagioti is an assistant professor at the University of Patras, Greece.

    • Hrissi K. Karapanagioti
  6. Lorena M. Rios-Mendoza is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, Wisconsin, USA.

    • Lorena M. Rios-Mendoza
  7. Hideshige Takada is a professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan.

    • Hideshige Takada
  8. Swee Teh is director of the Aquatic Health Program at the University of California, Davis, California, USA.

    • Swee Teh
  9. Richard C. Thompson is a professor at Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK.

    • Richard C. Thompson

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