Monia Renzi, Andrea Blašković, Paolo Fastelli, Massimiliano Marcelli, Cristiana Guerranti, Susanna Cannas, Lorenzo Barone, Francesca Massara,
Is the microplastic selective according to the habitat? Records inamphioxus sands, Mäerl bed habitats and Cymodocea nodosa habitats,
Marine Pollution Bulletin,
This study estimated for the first time the total loads of
plastic litter (macro- meso- and micro-plastics) in sediments of
different habitat types from the Northern Adriatic Sea. Samples were
collected in March 2016. The sampling sites were settled in shoreline,
on the C. nodosa bottoms, Amphioxus sands, and Mäerl bed habitats.
Microplastics items were present in all sampling site and ranging within
137-703 items/kg d.w. from Mäerl bed habitat to the shoreline. In C.
nodosa bottoms 170 items/kg d.w. were found, while in Amphioxus sands
were recorded on average 194 items/kg d.w. Due to the absence of
statistical associations among litter levels and abundance of B.
lanceolatum in the study area, this research present the needs to
develop a new method and more research to for the evaluation of how much
the interrelation between sensible habitats and microplastic exist.