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Inter-annual variation in the density of anthropogenic debris in the Tasman Sea


Rudduck, O-A and Lavers, JL and Fischer, AM and Stuckenbrock, S and Sharp, PB and Banati, RB, Inter-annual variation in the density of anthropogenic debris in the Tasman Sea, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 124, (1) pp. 51-55. ISSN 0025-326X (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.07.010


An increasing number of studies highlight the risk of plastic pollution in the marine environment. However, systematic longitudinal data on the distribution and abundance of plastic debris remain sparse. Here we present the results of a two-year study of plastic pollution within the Tasman Sea, contrasted with a further year of data from the same region, in order to document how the density of debris varies across years in this area. Surface net tows were collected between Hobart, Tasmania and Sydney, Australia during the spring of 2013 and 2014 and compared with a subset of data from autumn 2012 from the same region. Substantial inter-annual variation in mean plastic abundance was observed over the three year period, ranging from to 248.04-3711.64 pieces km-2, confirming the need for multiple years of sampling to fully estimate the extent of, and trends in, plastic pollution.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine debris, plastic pollution, citizen science, Tasman Sea, Australia
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Pollution and contamination
Research Field:Pollution and contamination not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Rudduck, O-A (Miss Osha-Ann Rudduck)
UTAS Author:Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
UTAS Author:Fischer, AM (Dr Andy Fischer)
ID Code:118341
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-07-10
Last Modified:2018-05-28

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