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Primary microplastics in the marine environment: scale of the issue, sources, pathways and current policy

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Komyakova, V and Vince, J and Haward, M, Primary microplastics in the marine environment: scale of the issue, sources, pathways and current policy, National Environmental Science Program, Marine Biodiversity Hub, IMAS, University of Tasmania, Milestone 3, V6 (2020) [Contract Report]


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Abstract

The world’s population has been growing at an unprecedent rate, so has the production and per capita consumption of plastics around the world. With approximately half of the world’s population residing in coastal areas concerns have been raised regarding plastic pollution in the marine environment. Micro-plastics (<5 mm) (primary or intentionally added and secondary) are the major component of the marine plastic waste. While the impact of macroplastics in the marine environment has been well researched, the impacts, sources and pathways of microplastics in the marine environment need to be further addressed.

Item Details

Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:microplastics, intentionally added plastics, marine environment
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:Coastal and estuarine systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Komyakova, V (Dr Valeriya Komyakova)
UTAS Author:Vince, J (Dr Joanna Vince)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
ID Code:141104
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2020-09-25
Last Modified:2020-12-21
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