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dc.contributor.authorFrias, João
dc.contributor.authorLyashevska, Olga
dc.contributor.authorJoyce, Haleigh
dc.contributor.authorPagter, Elena
dc.contributor.authorNash, Roisin
dc.description.abstractFloating microplastic debris at the ocean's surface represents about 1% of all plastics found in the environment, with the remainder thought to be either deposited along the coast or sinks to the bottom of the ocean. This exploratory research on a coastal embayment in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean assesses floating microplastic densities and the potential influence of wind. A total of 1182 floating microplastic particles were retrieved from a total surface seawater volume of 2039.86 m3. The average microplastic density (0.56 ± 0.33 MP m−3) is based on a sample of 20 manta trawls. This study reports primary microplastics (microbeads) floating in Irish coastal waters for the first-time. Compared to similar bays in Europe, Galway Bay has a similar microplastic density range. Microplastics in surface waters are a multifaceted issue therefore, multiple types of sample collection along with associated environmental variables are recommended for coastal monitoring purposes.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland*
dc.subjectMarine debrisen_US
dc.subjectPlastic litter pollutionen_US
dc.subjectSustainable Development Goalsen_US
dc.subjectMarine Strategy Framework Directiveen_US
dc.titleFloating microplastics in a coastal embayment: a multifaceted issueen_US
dc.contributor.grantnoMarie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe (CAROLINE) scheme through the IMP.act project (fellowship reference CLNE/2018/ 524).en_US
dc.contributor.sponsorIrish Research Council (IRC)en_US
dc.subject.departmentMarine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Dublin Rd., Galway H91 T8NW, Irelanden_US

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