Microplastics – Presence in Seagrass Meadows Studied

According to the abstract of a paper to be published March 15, 2021 in the journal Environmental Pollution by researchers with Stockholm University, Sweden; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain; Swedish Environmental Research Institute; Södertörn University, Sweden; Santiago de Compostela, Spain; and Edith Cowan University, Australia “… Plastic pollution is emerging as a potential threat to the marine environment. In the current study, we selected seagrass meadows, known to efficiently trap organic and inorganic particles, to investigate the concentrations and dynamics of microplastics in their soil … This study shows a direct linkage between intense anthropogenic activity, an extensive use of plastics and high plastic contamination in coastal marine ecosystems such as seagrass meadows. We highlight the need of proper waste management to protect the coastal environment from continuous pollution …” #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste