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Plastic pellets and tar on spain's mediterranean beaches

Plastic pellets and tar on spain's mediterranean beaches

Marine Pollution Bulletin 18(2): 84-86

Eighteen beaches on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, from Barcelona to Algeciras, were surveyed for the presence of plastic pellets. Spherules in great variety of shape and colour, often covered with tar, were found to be abundant on most beaches, particularly at Sitges, Calafell, and Salou on the Costa Dorada and Gandia on the Costa del Azahar. Tar lumps were also very common. Over 100 of Spain's approximately 190 plasticsmanufacturers are situated on or near the Mediterranean coast. Wastes from these factories and spillage during cargo loading and sea transport of raw materials are thought to be the most likely major sources of the pellets. It is further suggested that, due to the regular raking and cleaning of the beaches before and during the tourist season, many pellets are buried or 'cleaned' away, and plastic pellets may therefore occur much more abundantly on Spain's beaches than has thus far been observed.

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DOI: 10.1016/0025-326x(87)90573-x

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