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Title: Comparison between the traditional Manta net and an innovative device for microplastic sampling in surface marine waters
Authors: Montoto Martínez, Tania 
Melendez Diez, Carmen 
Melián Ramírez, Abisai 
Hernández Brito, José Joaquín 
Gelado Caballero, Mª Dolores
UNESCO Clasification: 2510 Oceanografía
330811 Control de la contaminación del agua
331210 Plásticos
Keywords: Atlantic Ocean
Environmental monitoring
Continuous sampler
Reproducibility, et al
Issue Date: 2022
Project: Red Macaronésica de transferencia de conocimientos y tecnologías interregional y multidisciplinar para proteger, vigilar y monitorizar los cetáceos y el medio marino, y analizar y explotar de forma sostenible la actividad turística asociada 
Journal: Marine Pollution Bulletin 
Abstract: Manta nets are commonly used for microplastics sampling although a number of limitations have emerged. In this study we compare the manta net to an innovative microplastic sampler, referred to as MuMi, registered as utility model. The results highlight the large variability that can exist in the outcomes of the different studies due to the lack of harmonization between methods and the differing factors such as sampling mesh size, representativeness or reproducibility of the sampling volumes. Control over the filtered volume is an issue to be improved in trawl sampling methods, while in the MuMi sampler the control over the sampling depth could be improved. Still, MuMi represents a highly advantageous sampling system in terms of ease of operation, lower cost, smaller microplastics target size and greater precision, all while maintaining the representativeness of the collected samples.
ISSN: 0025-326X
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.114237
Source: Marine Pollution Bulletin [ISSN 0025-326X], v. 185 (part A)
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