Reference : Neustonic microplastic and zooplankton in the North Western Mediterranean Sea
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Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/113033
Neustonic microplastic and zooplankton in the North Western Mediterranean Sea
English
Collignon, Amandine mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement > Océanologie >]
Hecq, Jean-Henri mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution > Océanologie >]
Galgani, François mailto [Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (IFREMER) > > > >]
Voisin, Pierre mailto [Association "Expédition MED" - Méditerranée En Danger > > > >]
Collard, France mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution > Océanographie > Master 2 >]
Goffart, Anne mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution > Océanologie >]
2012
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Pergamon
64
861-864
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0025-326X
Oxford
United Kingdom
[en] Microplastic particles ; Neuston ; Mediterranean Sea
[en] Neustonic microplastic and zooplankton abundance was determined in the North Western Mediterranean Sea during a summer cruise between July 9th and August 6th 2010, with a break between July 22th and 25th due to a strong wind event.
Ninety percent of the 40 stations contained microplastic particles (size 0.3-5 mm) of various compositions: e.g., filaments, polystyrene, thin plastic films. An average concentration of 0.116 particles/m² was observed. The highest abundances (> 0.36 particles/m²) were observed in the shelf stations.
The neustonic plastic particles concentrations were 5 times higher before than after the strong wind event which increased the mixing and the vertical repartition of plastic particles in the upper layers of the water column. The values rise in the same order of magnitude than in the North Pacific Gyre. The average ratio between microplastics and mesozooplankton weights was 0.5 for the whole survey and might induce a potential confusion for zooplankton feeders.
Centre Interfacultaire de Recherches en Océanologie - MARE, STARESO
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/113033
10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.01.011

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