[MARMAM] New publication on Floating marine macro litter: Density reference values and monitoring protocol settings from coast to offshore

antonella.arcangeli at isprambiente.it antonella.arcangeli at isprambiente.it
Fri Sep 25 01:09:06 PDT 2020

Dear MARMAM list,

is now published the article on "Floating marine macro litter: Density reference values and monitoring
protocol settings from coast to offshore. Results from the MEDSEALITTER project"

Monitoring Floating Marine Macro Litter (FMML) is a global priority, stressed within international programs,
and regulated for the European Seas by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Although some well-defined
common protocols exist for the assessment of beach litter and ingested litter, methodologies for FMML monitoring
still vary, leading to some inconsistent results and hampering the global assessment of this threat. Within
the MEDSEALITTER project (2016–2019), field experiments were implemented to define optimal monitoring
parameters for FMML visual monitoring at different spatial scales, by assessing the influence of platform speed,
strip width, observers experience, weather conditions, and litter size on its detectability. Along with the results of
these experiments, we present the FMML density ranges detected across the over 20,000 km surveyed, highlighting
a decreasing gradient from river mouths to coastal areas and the open sea, and providing a valuable
contribution to the assessment of FMML in the Mediterranean Sea.

The article is free for download at the link: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1bkmW,ashxmp9
or could request in researchgate or to me at: antonella.arcangeli at isprambiente.it

We hope it can be useful for the one of you that intend to integrate marine mammal surveys with marine litter monitoring.

All the best

Antonella Arcangeli PhD
ISPRA BIO Dep. - Environmental conservation and monitoring
Via Brancati 60 00144 Rome Italy
antonella.arcangeli at isprambiente.it
ph. +39.06.50074470
mob. +39.349.3272200

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