Effects of natural and anthropogenic processes in the distribution of marine litter in the deep Mediterranean Sea

Marine Litter News for clean&healthy seas

Source: Progress in Oceanography

Authors: Eva Ramirez-Llodra, Ben De Mol, Joan B. Company, Marta Coll, Francesc Sardà. Institut de Ciències del Mar, Psg. Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49, 08003 Barcelona, Spain


The distribution, type and quantity of marine litter accumulated on the bathyal and abyssal Mediterranean seafloor has been studied in the framework of the Spanish national projects PROMETEO and DOS MARES and the ESF-EuroDEEP project BIOFUN. Litter was collected with an otter trawl and Agassiz trawl while sampling for megafauna on the Blanes canyon and adjacent slope (Catalan margin, north-western Mediterranean) between 900 and 2700 m depth, and on the western, central and eastern Mediterranean basins at 1200, 2000 and 3000 m depth. All litter was sorted into 8 categories (hard plastic, soft plastic, glass, metal, clinker, fabric, longlines and fishing nets) and weighed. The distribution of litter was analysed in relation to depth…

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