[MARMAM] New publication on Marine Litter and Marine Mammals (ECS workshop)

Cristina Panti panti4 at unisi.it
Tue Feb 5 03:38:27 PST 2019

Dear MARMAM members,


On behalf of all the authors, I would like to share with you the publication
of the outcomes of the first workshop on the interaction of marine litter
and marine mammals held in the framework of the 31st European Cetacean
Society Conference in Denmark:


"Marine litter: One of the major threats for marine mammals. Outcomes from
the European Cetacean Society workshop"

Authors: Cristina Panti, Matteo Baini, Amy Lusher, Gema Hernandez-Milan,
Elisa L. Bravo Rebolledo, Bianca Unger, Kristian Syberg, Mark P. Simmonds,
Maria Cristina Fossi






Marine litter is a pollution problem affecting thousands of marine species
in all the world's seas and oceans. Marine litter, in particular plastic,
has negative impacts on marine wildlife primarily due to ingestion and
entanglement. Since most marine mammal species negatively interact with
marine litter, a first workshop under the framework of the European Cetacean
Society Conference, was held in 2017 to bring together the main experts on
the topic of marine mammals and marine litter from academic and research
institutes, non-governmental organisations, foundations and International
Agreements. The workshop was devoted to defining the impact of marine litter
on marine mammals by reviewing current knowledge, methodological advances
and new data available on this emerging issue. Some case studies were also
presented from European waters, such as seals and cetaceans in the North,
Baltic, and Mediterranean Seas. Here, we report the main findings of the
workshop, including a discussion on the research needs, the main
methodological gaps, an overview of new techniques for detecting the effects
of marine litter (including microplastics) on marine mammals and, also, the
use of citizen science to drive awareness. The final recommendations aim to
establish priority research, to define harmonised methods to detect marine
litter and microplastics, enforce networking among institutions and support
data sharing. The information gathered will enhance awareness and
communication between scientists, young people, citizens, other stakeholders
and policy makers, and thereby facilitate better implementation of
international directives (e.g., the Marine Strategy Framework Directive) in
order to answer the question about the actual status of our oceans and
finding solutions.


Thank you for your interest in the paper!


Best regards,





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Cristina Panti, PhD

Department of Environmental, Earth and Physical Sciences

University of Siena

Via P.A. Mattioli, 4

53100, Siena



Ph. +39 0577 232883

Fax. +39 0577 232930


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