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dc.contributor.authorRuiz, Irene-
dc.contributor.authorBurgoa, Inaki-
dc.contributor.authorSantos, Maria-
dc.contributor.authorBasurko, Oihane C.-
dc.contributor.authorLouzao, Maite-
dc.contributor.authorBeldarrain, Beatriz-
dc.contributor.authorValle, Claudia-
dc.contributor.authorUriarte, Ainhize-
dc.contributor.authorRubio, Anna-
dc.contributor.authorGarcia-Baron, Isabel-
dc.contributor.authorKukul, Deniz-
dc.description.abstractIn the Bay of Biscay, regional monitoring programmes and data on abundance and distribution of floating marine litter are scarce, contrary to many other European marine regions. Here, a joint analysis of multiyear observations (2017-2019) of floating micro and macrolitter and oceanographic conditions was conducted for the Bay of Biscay by combining microlitter samplings with neuston nets and vessel-based macrolitter observations. Results show spatiotemporal abundance and distribution patterns. The density of floating microlitter increased from 26,056 items/km2 in 2017 to 1,802,4611 items/km2 in 2019; floating macrolitter densities barely varied amongst year (2.52 items/km2 in 2017 and 3.70 items/km2 in 2019). No significant correlation was found between densities of micro and macrolitter, neither for the oceanographic variables. We conclude that longer micro and macrolitter monitoring periods and standardized datasets based on the cross-border cooperation are needed to collect more comparable information, evaluate trends, and support decision making in the area.-
dc.subjectMarine pollution-
dc.subjectFloating marine litter-
dc.subjectBay of Biscay-
dc.titleFirst assessment of floating marine litter abundance and distribution in the Bay of Biscay from an integrated ecosystem survey-
dc.identifier.journalMARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN-
dc.contributor.funderEMFF (European Maritime Fishing Funds) Data collection framework-
dc.contributor.funder``Departamento de Desarrollo Economico y Competitividad�� of the Basque Government-
dc.contributor.funderSpanish Government [BES-2014-07059, RYC-2012-09897]-
dc.contributor.funderSpanish Government-
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