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AuthorS., Veerasingam
AuthorAl-Khayat, Jassim A.
AuthorAboobacker, V.M.
AuthorHamza, Shafeeq
AuthorVethamony, P.
Available date2020-11-09T06:37:41Z
Publication Date2020-10-31
Publication NameMarine Pollution Bulletinen_US
Identifierhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111478
CitationVeerasingam, S., Al-Khayat, J. A., Aboobacker, V. M., Hamza, S., & Vethamony, P. (2020). Sources, spatial distribution and characteristics of marine litter along the west coast of Qatar. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 159, 111478.
ISSN0025326X
URIhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X20305968
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10576/16954
AbstractThe spatial distribution, sources and characteristics of marine litter (ML) from 36 locations spread over 12 beaches along the west coast of Qatar have been assessed. A total of 2376 ML items with varying sizes were found with an average abundance of 1.98 items/m2. The order of abundance of ML along the coast was as follows: plastics (71.4%) > metal (9.3%) > glass (5.1%) > paper (4.4%) > fabric (4.0%) > rubber (3.9%) > processed wood (2.0%). Locations in the south and northwest coasts of Qatar had significantly higher concentrations of ML. Surprisingly, nearly 47% of the beached polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles were derived from the countries bordering the Arabian/Persian Gulf (Gulf), and most of them were produced in the last 2 years. The plastic materials were drifted by winds and currents to the Qatar coast. Gulf circulation provides evidence to the pathways of ML beached on the Qatar coast.
SponsorWe acknowledge ORS, QU for awarding the Project (QUEX-ESC-QP-TM-18/19), funded by the Qatar Petroleum.
Languageen
PublisherElsevier
SubjectQatar coast
SubjectMarine litter
SubjectMacro-plastics
SubjectGulf circulation
SubjectEnvironmental monitoring
TitleSources, spatial distribution and characteristics of marine litter along the west coast of Qatar
TypeArticle
Volume Number159


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