Plastic litter in the Sea

Type Article
Date 2013-12
Language English
Author(s) Depledge M. H.1, Galgani FrancoisORCID2, Panti C.3, Caliani I.3, Casini S.3, Fossi M. C.3
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Exeter, Sch Med, European Ctr Environm & Human Hlth, Exeter EX1 2LU, Devon, England.
2 : IFREMER, F-20600 Bastia, Corsica, France.
3 : Univ Siena, Dipartimento Sci Fis Terra & Ambiente, I-53100 Siena, Italy.
Source Marine Environmental Research (0141-1136) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2013-12 , Vol. 92 , P. 279-281
DOI 10.1016/j.marenvres.2013.10.002
WOS© Times Cited 44
Keyword(s) European MSFD, Marine litter, Microplastics
Abstract On June 2013 a workshop at the University of Siena (Italy) was organized to review current knowledge and to clarify what is known, and what remains to be investigated, concerning plastic litter in the sea. The content of the workshop was designed to contribute further to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) following an inaugural workshop in 2012. Here we report a number of statements relevant to policymakers and scientists that was overwhelming agreement from the participants. Many might view this as already providing sufficient grounds for policy action. At the very least, this early warning of the problems that lie ahead should be taken seriously, and serve as a stimulus for further research.
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