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Screening for microplastic particles in plankton samples: How to integrate marine litter assessment into existing monitoring programs?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry.
Number of Authors: 1
2015 (English)In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, E-ISSN 1879-3363, Vol. 99, no 1-2, 271-275 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Microplastics (MPs) are a newly recognized type of environmental pollution in aquatic systems; however no monitoring of these contaminants is conducted, mostly due to the lack of routine quantification. In the net samples collected with a 90-mu m WP2 net, pelagic MP abundance was quantified by light microscopy and evaluated as a function of inshore-offshore gradient, depth, and season; the same samples were used for zooplankton analysis. The MP abundance was similar to 10(2)-10(4) particles m(-3), with no significant inshore-offshore gradient during summer but increasing offshore in winter. MP abundance in deeper layers was positively affected by zooplankton abundance in the upper layers and significantly lower during winter compared to summer. These findings indicate heterogeneity of MP distribution due to biotic and abiotic factors and suggest that samples collected for other purposes can be used for quantification of MPs in the Baltic Sea, thus facilitating integration of MP assessment into existing monitoring schemes.

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2015. Vol. 99, no 1-2, 271-275 p.
Keyword [en]
Pelagic microplastics, Marine litter, Zooplankton monitoring, Vertical distribution, Baltic Sea, Copepods
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123797DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.07.056ISI: 000364258000042PubMedID: 26231064OAI: diva2:882485
Available from: 2015-12-15 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2015-12-15Bibliographically approved

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