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Title: Lagrangian tracking of long-lasting plastic tags: From lobster fisheries in the USA and Canada to Macaronesia
Authors: Cividanes García,Marcos 
Aguiar González, Miguel Borja 
Gómez, May 
Herrera Ulibarri, Alicia 
Martinez Sanchez,Ico 
Pham, C.K.
Pérez, L.
Machín Jiménez, Francisco José 
UNESCO Clasification: 331210 Plásticos
330811 Control de la contaminación del agua
Keywords: Macaronesia
Marine plastic pollution
Lobster fisheries
Plastic tags
North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre, et al
Issue Date: 2024
Project: Evaluación del impacto de microplásticos y contaminantes emergentes en las costas de la Macaronesia 
Journal: Marine Pollution Bulletin 
Abstract: Plastic waste from the fishing industry, particularly lobster trap identification tags from the USA and Canada, poses a significant threat to marine ecosystems due to its resilience. This study unveils a novel link between North American fisheries and the appearance of these plastic tags in Macaronesia. Collected in the Azores and Canary Islands, these tags offer a unique insight into the sources and spatio-temporal scales of marine plastic pollution. Ocean model data indicates the Labrador Current and Gulf Stream as key forces transporting these tags. Virtual particle simulations show a small fraction reaching Macaronesia (4.12 % in the Azores, 0.76 % in the Canary Islands), suggesting real ocean drift. The Azores, with more collected tags, are more susceptible, and tags can reach Macaronesia in under a year. These findings underscore the urgency of better waste management and emphasize the role of citizen science in monitoring and combating marine pollution.
ISSN: 0025-326X
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2023.115908
Source: Marine Pollution Bulletin [ISSN 0025-326X], v. 198, 115908, (Enero 2014)
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