Distribution patterns of microplastics within the plankton of a tropical estuary.

@article{Lima2014DistributionPO,
  title={Distribution patterns of microplastics within the plankton of a tropical estuary.},
  author={Alu{\'i}sio Henrique Rodrigues de Andrade Lima and Monica Ferreira da Costa and M{\'a}rio Barletta},
  journal={Environmental research},
  year={2014},
  volume={132},
  pages={146-55}
}
The Goiana Estuary was studied regarding the seasonal and spatial variations of microplastics (<5mm) and their quantification relative to the zooplankton. The total density (n 100 m(-3)) of microplastics represented half of the total fish larvae density and was comparable to fish eggs density. Soft, hard plastics, threads and paint chips were found in the samples (n=216). Their origins are probably the river basin, the sea and fisheries (including the lobster fleet). In some occasions, the… CONTINUE READING
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