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Title: A Comprehensive First Baseline for Marine Litter Characterization in the Madeira Archipelago (NE Atlantic)
Authors: Álvarez, Soledad
Gestoso, Ignacio
Herrera Ulibarri, Alicia 
Riera, Léa
Canning-Clode, João
UNESCO Clasification: 330811 Control de la contaminación del agua
Keywords: Marine litter
Madeira Island
Macro litter, et al
Issue Date: 2020
Project: Bases para la planificación sostenible de áreas marinas en la Macaronesia 
Journal: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 
Abstract: Marine litter is currently worldwide distributed, and plastic is its principal component. Nevertheless, to date, little is known about how this global threat is affecting the marine coastal areas of the Madeira archipelago (NE Atlantic). In this context, we conducted the first comprehensive survey for marine litter characterization in the region, by addressing micro-litter (0.010– 5 mm), meso-litter (5–25 mm) and macro-litter (> 25 mm). Our results confirmed that the marine litter issue in Madeira Archipelago is well aligned with what is occurring in other global regions, and plastic is the major component of marine litter, with “plastic-polystyrene” being the most common macro-litter category found. Finally, the different protection status of the sampling areas shows some differences regarding the quantity of macro-litter present as litter abundance in a Marine Protected Area located in the north coast of Madeira has registered lower abundances.
ISSN: 0049-6979
DOI: 10.1007/s11270-020-04517-x
Source: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution [ISSN 0049-6979], v. 231 (4), (Abril 2020)
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