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NO SEA&EARTH POLLUTION - ALBATROSS

creates global awareness for an obvious goal:

cleaning up the poisonous plastic mess we make.

" ALBATROSS " anti PLASTIC POLLUTION

"ACTION" Project 2012-2020

Captain Manfred Reicher founder - chairman


- ACTIVE AGAINST PLASTIC WASTE -
- PLASTIK ATIK KARŞI ETKİN -
- AKTIV GEGEN KUNSTSTOFFMÜll -
- ACTION CONTRE ORDURES PLASTIC -

- ATTIVIAMOCI CONTRO I RIFIUTI IN PLASTICA -


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“ ALBATROSS PORTUGAL ”

in Cooperation with
"ALBATROSS" anti Plastic Pollution "Action" Project 2012-2020
unknown Coordinator of “Albatross” : António Paiva

In PORTUGAL
ALBATROSS supporters are also active
in making plastic-free waters, shores & country-sides


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Littering the country with many empty plastic bottles

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Reduce - Reuse
Recycle - Respect

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hunters leave behind lots
of plastic cartridges


Plastic marine debris on the Portuguese coastline:
A matter of size?
Available online 19 October 2011.

Available online 19 October 2011.


Abstract

Plastic debris is a worldwide threat to marine environments and Portugal is not immune to it.

Though never quantified, items of all sizes can be found in the Portuguese coastline;

therefore the objective of this work is the identification of main size classes in stranded plastic debris.

Beaches sediment was sampled and in the laboratory plastic items were sorted in 11 classes from <1 to >10 mm, counted and weighted.

Plastic size ranged from 50 μm to 20 cm and microplastics (<5 mm) were the majority (72%).

Most plastic fits in the smaller size classes, due to expected high residence time in the sea enhancing degradation processes, which increase surface exposure and potentially persistent organic pollutants (POP) adsorption.

These results point out the important contribution of microplastics to marine debris pollution, its risks, and the need to set a higher focus on this size class.

Highlights

Portuguese beaches sampled for rigorous categorization of accumulated plastic.
Microplastics (<5 mm) are predominant, with 72% of total abundance.
Pellets are found floating in the sea, where PBT contaminants are concentrated.
Degradation processes increase plastic surface exposure and contaminants adsorption.


Keywords: Plastic marine debris; Beaches; Sampling; Plastic size


Plastic marine debris on the Portuguese coastline: A matter of size?  Original Research Article
Marine Pollution Bulletin, Available online 19 October 2011,
J. Martins, P. Sobral
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- ACTIVE AGAINST PLASTIC WASTE -
- AKTIE TEGEN PLASTIC AFVAL -
- PLASTIK ATIK KARŞI ETKİN -
- AKTIV GEGEN KUNSTSTOFFMÜll -
- ACTION CONTRE ORDURES PLASTIC -
- ATTIVIAMOCI CONTRO I RIFIUTI IN PLASTICA -


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