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Floating marine debris in coastal waters of the SE-Pacific (Chile)


Thiel, M and Hinojosa Toledo, IA and Vasquez, N and Macaya, E, Floating marine debris in coastal waters of the SE-Pacific (Chile), Marine Pollution Bulletin, 46, (2) pp. 224-231. ISSN 0025-326X (2003) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0025-326X(02)00365-X


Herein we report on the abundance and composition of floating marine debris (FMD) in coastal waters of the SE-Pacific (off the Chilean coast) during the austral summer 2002. The observed FMD consisted mainly of plastic material (86.9%). Densities of FMD were highest between 20 degrees S and 40 degrees S, corresponding to the main concentrations of human population and activities. Low densities of FMD were found in the south between 40 degrees S and 50 degrees S (<1 item km(-2)). Generally, the highest densities were recorded in nearshore waters of major port cities (>20 items km(-2)), but occasionally high concentrations of debris were also found 50 km offshore. Densities of FMD in coastal waters of the SE-Pacific are of similar magnitudes as those found in coastal waters or inland seas of highly populated regions in the northern hemisphere, indicating the need for improved regulation and legislation in the countries of the SE-Pacific

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Debris; Plastics; Plastic bags; Sewage; Latitudinal; Humboldt current; Chile
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Hinojosa Toledo, IA (Mr Ivan Hinojosa)
ID Code:89254
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:114
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-02-27
Last Modified:2014-05-23

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