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Marine litter on a highly urbanized beach at Southeast Brazil: A contribution to the development of litter monitoring programs

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Ribeiro, Victor V. [1] ; Pinto, Mariana A. S. [1] ; Mesquita, Raul K. B. [1] ; Moreira, Lucas Buruaem [1] ; Costa, Monica F. [2] ; Castro, Italo Braga [1]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Univ Fed Sao Paulo, Inst Mar, Santos, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Pernambuco, Dept Oceanog, Recife, PE - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Marine Pollution Bulletin; v. 163, FEB 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Seasonal distribution of Marine Litter (ML) on Santos beaches was assessed using a citizen science strategy. Plastics and cigarette butts (CB) were the dominant items in all sampling campaigns. Seasonal distribution did not result in significant differences for most items. Plastic and CB amounts were high in summer compared to autumn. For all sampled sites the presence of beach users influenced ML densities. However, results showed that some sites presented an additional influence of local hydrodynamic. Moderate amounts of hazardous items including metal, glass, CB, sanitary waste and plastic tubes used to pack and market illicit drugs represented between 20.8 and 31% of all ML over the seasons. The beaches of Santos were classified as dirty in autumn and spring and as extremely dirty in winter and summer. These findings can serve as a baseline to support mitigating actions by public authorities and start monitoring programs of ML not only in Santos but also in other urbanized beaches. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 19/13750-4 - Occurrence, partitioning, toxicity and degradation to cigarette butts in coastal areas
Grantee:Ítalo Braga de Castro
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants