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A large-scale study of microplastic abundance in sediment cores from the UK continental shelf and slope

06 Apr 2022


To inform risk assessments, reliable, time efficient and affordable quantification methods are required for creating a microplastic (MP) pollution baseline in the world's oceans. To facilitate this, MP abundance was investigated in sediments of three contrasting areas of the Uk continental shelf: North West of Jones Bank, the Canyons the in the Celtic Sea and Dogger Bank in the North Sea, utilising the Nile Red tagging method to assess its time and efficiency and cost. Average MP abundance in the top 10 cm was 1050-2700 MP kg. MP abundance decreased with increasing sediment depth and increased with increasing water depth. The findings emphasise the
extent of MP pollution and illustrate the value of Nile Red for large scale mapping at relatively low cost.

Status: Completed

Type: Staff Publications

Author: A.T. Kukkola, G. Senior, T. Maes, B. Silburn, A. Bakir, S. Kroger d, A.G. Mayes

Year of publication: 2022

Publisher: Science Direct

Tags: microplastics uk study Research thomas maes

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