publication . Other literature type . Article . 2002

The pollution of the marine environment by plastic debris: a review

José Derraik;
  • Published: 01 Sep 2002
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
The deleterious effects of plastic debris on the marine environment were reviewed by bringing together most of the literature published so far on the topic. A large number of marine species is known to be harmed and/or killed by plastic debris, which could jeopardize their survival, especially since many are already endangered by other forms of anthropogenic activities. Marine animals are mostly affected through entanglement in and ingestion of plastic litter. Other less known threats include the use of plastic debris by ‘‘invader’’ species and the absorption of polychlorinated biphenyls from ingested plastics. Less conspicuous forms, such as plastic pellets and...
free text keywords: Plastic pollution, Fishery, Ecology, Marine debris, Microplastics, Plastisphere, Great Pacific garbage patch, Litter, Debris, Water pollution, Biology
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