NANO alumni publication: Assessing urban microplastic pollution in a benthic habitat of Patagonia Argentina

NANO Alumnus Rodrigo Hernámdez-Moresino and colleagues published the following article in the Marine Pollution Bulletin

Assessing urban microplastic pollution in a benthic habitat of Patagonia Argentina

Ríos et al. (2020) Marine Pollution Bulletin, DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111491

 

Abstract

Plastic pollution in the oceans has become a global problem, but its documentation is disparate around the world. We assess the abundance and type of microplastics in three benthic matrices: mussels, small fishes, and bottom water; in three sites nearby Puerto Madryn city (Patagonia, Argentina). Microplastics were present in the three matrices for all sites sampled. The average amounts of items observed were 1.6 and 0.3 per total wet weight in fishes and mussels, respectively, and 10.5 per liter in bottom water. Mussels and fishes presented a difference of microplastics size comparing with the surrounding bottoms waters; fishes also presented color discrimination, suggesting the necessity of more than one bioindicator to perform microplastic pollution monitoring. Moreover, small fishes had more MPs in their gastrointestinal tracts than bigger ones. The present study is the first one about the interaction between MPs and small aquatic organisms in coastal marine environments from Patagonia.

 

Keywords

  • Benthos
  • Bioindicators
  • Coastal waters
  • Marine pollution
  • SEM/EDS analysis
  • South-Western Atlantic

 

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