Distribution and quantity of microplastic on sandy beaches along the northern coast of Taiwan

Alexander Kunz, Bruno Andreas Walther, Ludvig Löwemark, Yao Chang Lee

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摘要

Plastic pollution is now ubiquitous in the world's oceans, and studies have shown macroplastic and microplastic pollution of beaches in several East Asian countries. However, to our knowledge, no study of microplastic pollution has been conducted in Taiwan yet. Therefore, we collected sand samples from four beaches along the northern coast of Taiwan in 2015 and extracted microplastic particles using a saturated NaCl solution. Microplastic particles were identified using synchrotron-based FTIR spectroscopy. We recovered 4 to 532 particles from eight 0.0125 m3 samples, with a total of 1097 particles weighing 0.771 g. A negative trend between the size of the particles and their numbers was documented. We thus established that microplastic pollution was ubiquitous along Taiwan's northern coast. Future research should more comprehensively sample beaches around the entirety of Taiwan's coast, and special emphasis should be placed on identifying different sources and movements of microplastic.
原文英語
頁(從 - 到)126-135
頁數10
期刊Marine Pollution Bulletin
111
發行號1-2
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 十月 15 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 海洋學
  • 海洋科學
  • 污染

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