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Microplastic pollution around remote uninhabited coral reefs of Nansha Islands, South China Sea
Tan, Fei4; Yang, Hongqiang2; Xu, Xiangrong1; Fang, Zhou4; Xu, Huilong; Shi, Qi; Zhang, Xiyang; Wang, Guan; Lin, Lang1,4; Zhou, Shengnan4; Huang, Lei3; Li, Hengxiang1
2020
Source PublicationSCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT
ISSN1879-1026
Volume725Pages:138383
AbstractMicroplastic (MP) pollution is a growing environmental problem in the global oceans. However, there is relatively little evidence of the extent of MP pollution around remote islands, such as coral reefs, in the open ocean. In this study, we conducted a large-scale investigation of MP pollution in the surface waters around the remote uninhabited coral reefs of Nansha Islands in South China Sea. Microplastics were widespread in the surfacewaters with an average abundance of 0.0556 +/- 0.0355 items/m(3), although this varied among the coral reefs. The MPs were predominantly composed of polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE), and N 70% of them were <3 mm in size. Fragments and fibers comprised the most common MP types. The similarity between macro plastic and MP compositions provided evidence for the tracing ofMP sources in the study area. The main pollutants (transparent PP fibers and PE fibers) around these remote coral reefs may originate from fishing gear abrasions. The plastic waste released from nearby residential islands and high-intensity fishing activities around Nansha Islands likely represented important local sources. Overall, the abundance of MPs found in the surface waters surrounding these remote coral reefs in the South China Sea was relatively low; however, these levels of MP pollution should not be disregarded given the importance of coral reef ecosystems. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
DepartmentOMG
KeywordMicroplastic Distribution Remote uninhabited coral reefs South China Sea Nansha Islands
DOI10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138383
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Identifierhttp://ir.scsio.ac.cn/handle/344004/18533
Collection中科院边缘海地质重点实验室
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Innovat Acad South China Sea Ecol & Environm Engn, South China Sea Inst Oceanol, Key Lab Ocean & Marginal Sea Geol, Guangzhou 510301, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Innovat Acad South China Sea Ecol & Environm Engn, Guangdong Prov Key Lab Appl Marine Biol, Key Lab Trop Marine Bioresources & Ecol,South Chi, Guangzhou 510301, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Nansha Marine Ecol & Environm Res Stn, Sansha 573199, Peoples R China
4.Minist Nat Resources, Guangzhou Marine Geol Survey, Key Lab Marine Mineral Resources, Guangzhou 510760, Peoples R China
5.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
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Tan, Fei,Yang, Hongqiang,Xu, Xiangrong,et al. Microplastic pollution around remote uninhabited coral reefs of Nansha Islands, South China Sea[J]. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT,2020,725:138383.
APA Tan, Fei.,Yang, Hongqiang.,Xu, Xiangrong.,Fang, Zhou.,Xu, Huilong.,...&Li, Hengxiang.(2020).Microplastic pollution around remote uninhabited coral reefs of Nansha Islands, South China Sea.SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT,725,138383.
MLA Tan, Fei,et al."Microplastic pollution around remote uninhabited coral reefs of Nansha Islands, South China Sea".SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT 725(2020):138383.
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