Title: Ingestion of plastic debris (macro and micro) by longnose lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox) in the North Atlantic Ocean
Responsible Partner: IEO Vigo
Date: January 2020
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Description: This study evaluates the ingestion of plastic marine debris (macro and micro plastics) by a piscivorous predator, Alepisaurus ferox Lowe (1833). A total of 27 specimens were captured in 2015 and 2016 in the North Atlantic (around 34º–36º N and 10º–16º W) and their stomachs were dissected and inspected for plastic elements. Macroplastic particles were found in 37% of fish, with an average weight of 0.46 ± 1.14 g with film being the most abundant category (60%). The main polymers characterized were Polypropylene (PP) and Polyethylene (PE). Microplastics were found in 74% of the stomachs, with item values per individual ranging from 0 to 16, with an average value of 4.7 ± 4.8 items per stomach. Only microfibers and fragments were observed, with microfibers (85 %) being the dominant type.
Participation in Conferences and Symposiums
Title: Hitch-hikers on marine debris: understanding new arrivals in an offshore island
Responsible Partner: ARDITI
Date & event: 16th – 18th October 2018, International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions (Patagonia, Argentina)
Description: João Canning-Clode (ARDITI) presented the ARDITI research program to evaluate marine debris as a possible vector for introduction of NIS to Madeira Island (NE Atlantic) by engaging and establishing a cooperation protocol with stakeholders (e.g. fishermen, dive operators and whale and bird watching companies).
Title: Ingestion of plastic debris (Macro and micro) by longnose lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox) in the North Atlantic Ocean
Responsible Partner: IEO
Date & event: 19th -23rd November 2018, MICRO 2018, Lanzarote (Spain)
Description: This study evaluates the ingestion of plastic marine debris by Alepisaurus ferox (Longnose lancetfish),with the goal of quantifying the amount and type of debris ingested.
Title: What Is the Potential of Satellite Data in Mapping Plastic Litter Hotspots?
Responsible Partner: CEFAS
Date & event: 23rd – 25th January 2019, Atlantic from Space Conference (ESA) in Southampton, UK.
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Description: Lenka Fronkova from CEFAS, presented this work that deals with the use of satellite data to developing cost effective, re-peatable and fast methods that estimate the marine litter amount in and its distribution.
Title: Monitoring the presence of marine litter in the marine environment: potential of remote sensing
Responsible Partner: CEFAS
Date: October 2019
Description: This report focus on the potential of satellites to develop and improve monitoring methods of marine litter. More specifically, it assess the feasibility of Sentinel 2 data in identifying plastic litter hotspots; investigates what the spectral ranges of polymers using Sentinel 2 data are; and proposes a method of plastic litter hotspots identification..