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Macrodebris and microplastics from beaches in Slovenia

Scientific Exhibition
Habitat Loss and Ocean Noise
Thursday, February 4, 2016 -
17:30 to 19:30

Franco-Santos, R.M. 1 Laglbauer, B.J.L. 2 Andreu-Cazenave, M. 3 Brunelli, L. 4 Papadatou, M. 5 Palatinus, A. 6 Grego, M. 7 Deprez, T. 8

11. Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281/S8, 9000 Ghent, Belgium 2. Center for Marine Studies, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
2Ghent University, Marine Biology Research Group, Belgium
31. Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281/S8, 9000 Ghent, Belgium 2. Centro de Conservación Marina, Pontificia Universidade Católica de Chile
4Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281/S8, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
5Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281/S8, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
6Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia
7National Institute of Biology, Slovenia
8Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281/S8, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

The amount of marine debris in the environment is increasing worldwide, which results in an array ofnegative effects to biota. This study provides the first account of macrodebris on the beach and microplastics in the sediment (shoreline and infralittoral) in relation to tourism activities in Slovenia. The study assessed the quality and quantity of macrodebris and the quality, size and quantity of microplastics at six beaches, contrasting those under the influences of tourism and those that were not. Beach cleanliness was estimated using the Clean Coast Index. Tourism did not seem to have an effect on macrodebris or microplastic quantity at beaches. Over 64% of macrodebris was plastic, and microplastics were ubiquitous, which calls for classification of plastics as hazardous materials. Standard measures for marine debris assessment are needed, especially in the form of an all-encompassing debris index. Recommendations for future assessments are provided for the Adriatic region
keywords: 
Marine debris, plastic, pollution, tourism, Adriatic

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