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Authors: Giovacchini, Alice* 
Merlino, Silvia* 
Locritani, Marina* 
Stroobant, Mascha* 
Title: Spatial distribution of marine litter along italian coastal areas in the Pelagos sanctuary (Ligurian Sea - NW Mediterranean Sea): A focus on natural and urban beaches
Issue Date: 20-Mar-2018
Series/Report no.: /130 (2018)
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.02.042
Keywords: AMD
Pelagos sanctuary
Beach litter
Principal components analysis (PCA)
Cluster analysis
Beach quality assessment
Subject Classification• MPAs close to important river mouths show major abundance of beached AMD. • Plastic is the most present material in all Sites surrounding the Pelagos Sanctuary. • All monitored beaches are polluted despite the degree of protection or cleaning activities.
Abstract: ur paper will show data on quantity, typology, distribution of beach litter (Anthropogenic Marine Debris - AMD) within a coastal macroarea surrounding the Pelagos Sanctuary, an International Protected Area in the NW Mediterranean Sea. AMD Monitoring and characterisation have been performed by using SEACleaner Protocol: an adapted version of UNEP/IOC, OSPAR and EU guidelines. 11 beaches located in 5 different areas, have been monitored with a total amount of thirty three surveys, from January 2014 to December 2015, during different seasons. Three kinds of beaches have been considered: Natural (belonging to MPAs), Urbanized and Urban. A total of 34,027 items on a total area of 32,154 m2 have been removed and classified. Spatial difference in abundance and composition of AMDs - as well as beach environmental quality - has been detected. Natural sites, and particularly protected areas close to river mouths show a major density compared to other areas.
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