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Major sources and sinks of microplastics and marine litter

Marine litter and plastic pollution come mainly from landbased sources (UNEP 2018e; IRP 2019; van Truong et al. 2019) including agriculture, building and construction, transportation and a wide variety of personal care, pharmaceutical and healthcare products (Adyel 2020). Also from sea-based activities which arises from multiple sources (GESAMP 2015; GESAMP 2020b), for example maritime equipment which is made of plastics, fisheries and aquaculture (FAO 2020), shipping and offshore operations and ship-based tourism.

Year: 2021

From collection: From Pollution to Solution: A Global Assessment of Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution

Cartographer: GRID-Arendal

Tags: marine litter plastic pollution

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