Floating Microplastics in the World’s Oceans

A special issue of Oceans (ISSN 2673-1924).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2024 | Viewed by 397

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Institute for Marine Biological Resources and Biotechnology (IRBIM), National Research Country (CNR), Messina, Spianata S. Raineri 86, 98122 Messina, Italy
Interests: microplastics; seawater; sediments; marine organisms; mediterranean sea antarctica; arctic
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Dear Colleagues,

The dispersion of plastics in the oceans is a global pollution problem that poses a great threat to the marine ecosystem. Mismanaged wastes are the main source of plastic entering marine environments worldwide. Once in the sea, they persist through centuries, going to fragmentation under the effect of photodegradation by UV radiations and the action of environmental mechanical forces, such as waves. This degradation process allows to the formation of smaller and smaller plastic pieces over time, up to microplastics (less than 5 mm in size). These small fragments persist in the environment, increasing the plastics’ bioavailability and dispersion due to their small dimension and chemical features. Microplastics are ubiquitous even if not uniformly distributed worldwide.

The purpose of this special issue is to bring together the scientific studies carried out on pollution by marine floating microplastics (MPs) all over the world. The main topics will be:

  • the source of pollution,
  • the type of microplastics in the different geographical areas,
  • the impacts on the water column and its inhabitants,
  • to discuss the latest techniques used by scientists,
  • to better understand the possible future consequences and the solutions to the problem. 

Dr. Monique Mancuso
Guest Editor

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  • microplastics
  • marine ecosystem
  • marine pollution

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