Microplastics isn't just something affecting the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or similar spots in other oceans.
The University of Delaware, with help from a $325,000 federal grant, is looking at how beads, fleece particles and other tiny bits of plastic are affecting the Delaware Bay.
Special attention is going to the grounds where blue crabs are fished. The crabs are a $15 million business to the Delaware economy, the university says.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's marine debris program was started in 2006 to investigate and mitigate the impact of marine debris.
"Our science team is eager to learn about the impact of microplastics on blue crabs at the early stages of development through maturity," said NOAA's Christy Kehoe.