Microplastics in Mediterranean Sea: A protocol to robustly assess contamination characteristics

Type Article
Date 2019-02
Language English
Author(s) Kedzierski MikaelORCID1, Villain Jonathan2, Falcou-Prefol Mathilde1, Kerros Marie Emmanuelle3, Henry Maryvonne4, Pedrotti Maria Luiza3, Bruzaud Stephane1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Bretagne Sud, CNRS, UMR, Inst Rech Dupuy de Lome, Lorient, France.
2 : Univ Lille, Inst Mines Telecom Lille Douai, Unite Rech Informat & Automat, Lille, France.
3 : Sorbonne Univ, CNRS, UMR, Lab Oceanog Villefranche Sur Mer, Villefranche Sur Mer, France.
4 : IFREMER, LER PAC, La Seine Sur Mer, France.
Source Plos One (1932-6203) (Public Library Science), 2019-02 , Vol. 14 , N. 2 , P. e0212088 (16p.)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0212088
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The study of microplastic pollution involves multidisciplinary analyses on a large number of microplastics. Therefore, providing an overview of plastic pollution is time consuming and, despite high throughput analyses, remains a major challenge. The objective of this study is to propose a protocol to determine how many microplastics must be analyzed to give a representative view of the particle size distribution and chemical nature, and calculate the associated margin error. Based on microplastic data from Tara Mediterranean campaign, this approach is explained through different examples. In this particular case, the results show that only 3% of the collected microplastics need to be analyzed to give a precise view on the scale of the North West Mediterranean Basin (error <5%), and 17.7% to give an overview manta per manta (error <10%). This approach could be an important practical contribution to microplastic studies.

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Kedzierski Mikael, Villain Jonathan, Falcou-Prefol Mathilde, Kerros Marie Emmanuelle, Henry Maryvonne, Pedrotti Maria Luiza, Bruzaud Stephane (2019). Microplastics in Mediterranean Sea: A protocol to robustly assess contamination characteristics. Plos One, 14(2), e0212088 (16p.). Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212088 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00481/59305/