Microplastic and charred microplastic in the Faafu Atoll, Maldives.

Abstract:

:Microplastics are recognized as a growing threat for the marine environment that may even affect areas generally considered pristine. In this work we surveyed the microplastic contamination in the Faafu Atoll (Maldives, Indian Ocean) across twelve sampling station, located either inside or outside the reef rim. Sediments and seawater samples were collected. Despite the remoteness of the atoll, the scarce local population and low touristic annual afflux, the detected average abundance were 0.32 ± 0.15 particles/m3 in the surface water and 22.8 ± 10.5 particles/m2 in the beach sediments. Polymers identified through Fourier-Transform Infrared spectroscopy were mostly polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyvinylchloride, polyethyleneterephtalate, and polyamide. Elastomeric residues and charred microparticles were also found. In particular, the charred microparticles were prevalently located nearby the inhabited island and they might be considered a peculiarity of the area, related to local practice of burning plastic waste at the shoreline.

journal_name

Mar Pollut Bull

authors

Saliu F,Montano S,Garavaglia MG,Lasagni M,Seveso D,Galli P

doi

10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.09.023

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2018-11-01 00:00:00

pages

464-471

eissn

0025-326X

issn

1879-3363

pii

S0025-326X(18)30662-3

journal_volume

136

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