Plastic Waste – Presence in the Mediterranean Sea Discussed

An article in the October 4, 2021 issue of Frontiers in Marine Science by researchers with the Greece Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and the Greece University of Athens https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.743117 report that “… The Mediterranean is considered a hot-spot for plastic pollution … a basin-scale coupled hydrodynamic/particle drift model was used to track the pathways and fate of plastics from major land-based sources … For both micro- and macroplastics, distributions at sea surface were closely related to the adopted sources. The microplastics concentration was drastically reduced away from source areas … The distribution of macroplastics on beaches followed the predominant southeastward wind/wave direction. In the water column, a sub-surface maximum in microplastics abundance was simulated, with increasing contribution of smaller particles in deeper layers. Accumulation of microplastics on the seafloor was limited in relatively shallow areas … The simulated total amount of floating plastics (∼3,760 tonnes) is comparable with estimates from observations …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Microplastic

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