Baseline levels of plastic litter in marine water sediments: Telašćica Bay and Aeolian archipelago

Blašković, Andrea (2016) Baseline levels of plastic litter in marine water sediments: Telašćica Bay and Aeolian archipelago. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Nature Park of Telašćica and Aeolian archipelago are important areas of great biodiversity, one with a current (Telašćica) and the other with a future (Aeolie) status of Marine protected area (MPA). In both areas survey was conducted to determine the total amount of plastic materials present in marine sediments. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of micro-, meso-, and macro- plastics and granulometric composition analysis were made. Results were compared with existing data, opening new questions for future investigations. A total amount of 11.056.4 g of sediment was analysed, respectively 3.276.4 from Telašćica bay and 7.780.0 g form Aeolian archipelago. A total amount of 878 plastic items were found in Croatian samples (29 plastic items per sample) and a total amount of 2645 plastic items were found in sediments for the Italian archipelago (80 plastic items per sample). According to shape, in all analysed material, filaments were the most abundant, while according to colour and size the results were variable.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: macroplastic, marine debris, marine litter, mesoplastic, microplastic, MPA
Supervisor: Juračić, Mladen
Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 75
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Grozdana Sirotic
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 12:20
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2016 12:20
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/5323

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