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Linking social drivers of marine debris with actual marine debris on beaches


Slavin, C and Grage, A and Campbell, ML, Linking social drivers of marine debris with actual marine debris on beaches, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64, (8) pp. 1580-1588. ISSN 0025-326X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.05.018


The drivers (social) and pressures (physical) of marine debris have typically been examined separately. We redress this by using social and beach surveys at nine Tasmanian beaches, across three coastlines and within three categories of urbanisation, to examine whether people acknowledge that their actions contribute to the issue of marine debris, and whether these social drivers are reflected in the amount of marine debris detected on beaches. A large proportion (75%) of survey participants do not litter at beaches; with age, gender, income and residency influencing littering behaviour. Thus, participants recognise that littering at beaches is a problem. This social trend was reflected in the small amounts of debris that were detected. Furthermore, the amount of debris was not statistically influenced by the degree of beach urbanisation, the coastline sampled, or the proximity to beach access points. By linking social and physical aspects of this issue, management outcomes can be improved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:litter, pollution, littering behaviour, marine debris source, urbanisation, fishing gear pollution
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Environment policy
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Slavin, C (Mr Chris Slavin)
UTAS Author:Grage, A (Ms Anna Grage)
UTAS Author:Campbell, ML (Associate Professor Marnie Campbell)
ID Code:83272
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:78
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2013-03-07
Last Modified:2013-05-03

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