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Global research priorities to mitigate plastic pollution impacts on marine wildlife


Vegter, AC and Barletta, M and Beck, C and Borrero, J and Burton, H and Campbell, ML and Costa, MF and Eriksen, M and Eriksson, C and Estrades, A and Gilardi, KVK and Hardesty, BD and Ivar do Sul, JA and Lavers, JL and Lazar, B and Lebreton, L and Nichols, WJ and Ribic, CA and Ryan, PG and Schuyler, QA and Smith, SDA and Takada, H and Townsend, KA and Wabnitz, CCC and Wilcox, C and Young, LC and Hamann, M, Global research priorities to mitigate plastic pollution impacts on marine wildlife, Endangered Species Research, 25, (3) pp. 225-247. ISSN 1863-5407 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3354/esr00623


Marine wildlife faces a growing number of threats across the globe, and the survival of many species and populations are dependent on conservation action. One threat in particular that has emerged over the last four decades is the pollution of oceanic and coastal habitats with plastic debris. The increased occurrence of plastics in marine ecosystems mirrors the increased prevalence of plastics in society, and reflects the high durability and persistence of plastics in the environment. In an effort to guide future research and assist mitigation approaches to marine conservation, we have generated a list of 17 priority research questions based on the expert opinions of 26 researchers from around the world, whose research expertise spans several disciplines, and covers each of the world’s oceans and the taxa most at risk from plastic pollution. This paper highlights a growing concern related to threats posed to marine wildlife from microplastics and fragmented debris, the need for data at scales relevant to management, and the urgent need to develop interdisciplinary research and management partnerships to limit the release of plastics into the environment and curb future impacts of plastic pollution.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:plastic pollution, marine debris, marine wildlife, plastic, pollution, priority, global
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
ID Code:92358
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:209
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-06-16
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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