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Melanie Bergmann, Birgit Lutz, Mine B. Tekman, Lars Gutow, Citizen
scientists reveal: Marine litter pollutes Arctic beaches and affects
wild life, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Available online 28 September
2017, ISSN 0025-326X

Abstract:
Recent data indicate accumulation areas of marine litter in Arctic
waters and significant increases over time. Beaches on remote Arctic
islands may be sinks for marine litter and reflect pollution levels of
the surrounding waters particularly well. We provide the first
quantitative data from surveys carried out by citizen scientists on six
beaches of Svalbard. Litter quantities recorded by cruise tourists
varied from 9–524 g m− 2 and were similar to those from densely
populated areas. Plastics accounted for > 80% of the overall litter,
most of which originated from fisheries. Photographs provided by
citizens show deleterious effects of beach litter on Arctic wildlife,
which is already under strong pressure from global climate change. Our
study highlights the potential of citizen scientists to provide
scientifically valuable data on the pollution of sensitive remote
ecosystems. The results stress once more that current legislative
frameworks are insufficient to tackle the pollution of Arctic
ecosystems.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X17307919/pdfft?md5=97f6ec46875219bde58053e8afcad52a&pid=1-s2.0-S0025326X17307919-main.pdf

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.09.055.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X17307919)



Citizen scientists reveal: Marine litter pollutes Arctic beaches and affects wild life

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