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TARA Mediterranean Expedition: Assessing the impact of microplastics on Mediterranean ecosystem
Pedrotti, M.L.; Mazzocchi, M.G.; Lombard, F.; Galgani, F.; Kerros, M.E.; Henry, M.; Elineau, A.; Petit, S.; Fernández de Puelles, M.L.; Gasparini, S.; Tirelli, V.; Jamet, J.-L.; Gorsky, G. (2017). TARA Mediterranean Expedition: Assessing the impact of microplastics on Mediterranean ecosystem, in: Cocca, M. et al. (2018). Proceedings of the International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. Springer Water, : pp. 25-29. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71279-6_4
In: Cocca, M. et al. (2018). Proceedings of the International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. Springer Water. Springer International Publishing: Cham. ISBN 978-3-319-71278-9. 250 pp. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71279-6, more
In: Springer Water. Springer International Publishing: Cham. ISSN 2364-6934; e-ISSN 2364-8198, more

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  • Pedrotti, M.L., more
  • Mazzocchi, M.G., more
  • Lombard, F.
  • Galgani, F.
  • Kerros, M.E.
  • Henry, M.
  • Elineau, A.
  • Petit, S.
  • Fernández de Puelles, M.L.
  • Gasparini, S., more
  • Tirelli, V.
  • Jamet, J.-L.
  • Gorsky, G., more

Abstract
    TARA-Mediterranean expedition crossed the entire Mediterranean Sea in 2014 to study the distribution and concentration of floating microplastics and zooplankton. Surface samples were collected with a 330 µm Manta net, plastics were sorted from 124 samples and digitally imaged with the ZoosCan system. Results showed that plastic fragments were present in all samples with an average of 2.6 x 105 items/km2 and values varying from 2 x 103 items/km2 in the Eastern basin, to more than 2 x 106 items/km2 in the Western basin. Coastal zones of Naples, Corsica and Marseille were clearly identified as areas of particularly high plastic concentration.

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