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Plastic resin pellet pollution is a type of marine debris originating from plastic particles utilized in manufacturing large-scale plastics. These pre-production plastic pellets are created separately from the user plastics they are melted down to form, and pellet loss is incurred during both the manufacturing and transport stages.[1] Commonly referred to as nurdles, these plastics are released into the open environment, creating pollution in the oceans and on beaches.[2]

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Handful of nurdles (pellets) from Cox Creek, near Formosa Plastic outfall 06
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Illegally discharged pellets/nurdles at Cox Creek, between Formosa Plastic outfall 06 and 07.