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Title: Plastic pollution on eight beaches of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain): An annual study
Authors: Reinold, Stefanie
Herrera, Alicia 
Hernández-González, Carlos
Gómez, May 
UNESCO Clasification: 330811 Control de la contaminación del agua
Keywords: Plastic
Marine pollution
Marine debris
Beach pollution
Canary Islands
Issue Date: 2020
Project: ULPGC2015-04 
Journal: Marine Pollution Bulletin 
Abstract: Stranded marine debris from eight beaches of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) was analyzed. Sampling was conducted along the high tide line every 35 m over the whole lengths in periods of 5 weeks for one year. Evaluated particles included all materials bigger than 2 mm, which were subdivided in Mesoparticles (2–10 mm) and Macroparticles (>10 mm). There was a great variability of plastic abundance regarding the locations and the sampling dates. In contrast, the occurrence of debris along the beaches showed consistency and even zones of high and low accumulation. The most polluted beach was Poris, which is indeed infrequently visited, but highly affected by the main current. Plastic particles were principally mesoparticles and white/transparent color. This study not only confirms, that the Canary Islands are highly affected by the marine plastic pollution, but also for the first time shows, that stranded plastic accumulates in restricted areas of sandy coastlines.
ISSN: 0025-326X
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110847
Source: Marine Pollution Bulletin [ISSN 0025-326X],v. 151 (110847)
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