alexa Pelagic microplastics around an archipelago of the Equatorial Atlantic.
Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Journal of Pollution Effects & Control

Author(s): Ivar do Sul JA, Costa MF, Barletta M, Cysneiros FJ

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Abstract Plastic marine debris is presently widely recognised as an important environmental pollutant. Such debris is reported in every habitat of the oceans, from urban tourist beaches to remote islands and from the ocean surface to submarine canyons, and is found buried and deposited on sandy and cobble beaches. Plastic marine debris varies from micrometres to several metres in length and is potentially ingested by animals of every level of the marine food web. Here, we show that synthetic polymers are present in subsurface plankton samples around Saint Peter and Saint Paul Archipelago in the Equatorial Atlantic Ocean. To explain the distribution of microplastics around the Archipelago, we proposed a generalised linear model (GLM) that suggests the existence of an outward gradient of mean plastic-particle densities. Plastic items can be autochthonous or transported over large oceanic distances. One probable source is the small but persistent fishing fleet using the area. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article was published in Mar Pollut Bull and referenced in Journal of Pollution Effects & Control

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