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Physical-chemical characterization of microplastics present in some exfoliating products from Spain.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 21;139:91-99. Epub 2018 Dec 21.

Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Sciences, University of Granada, Avda. Fuentenueva s/n, 18071, Granada, Spain.

Plastic pollution in oceans is a global problem, with growing research efforts focusing on the threat of microplastics (<5 mm fractions). A source of microplastics pollution is derived from personal care products that contain polyethylene micro-spheres which are not captured by wastewater plants. In this work, ten personal care products (mainly scrubs) containing microplastics and marketed in Spain, were physico-chemically characterized. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.026DOI Listing
February 2019

Where else? Assessing zones of alternate ballast water exchange in the Canadian eastern Arctic.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 21;139:74-90. Epub 2018 Dec 21.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Freshwater Institute, 501 University Crescent, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N6, Canada. Electronic address:

Mid-ocean ballast water exchange (BWE) is recommended for international vessels to minimize the transfer of nonindigenous species (NIS). When this cannot be accomplished due to safety concerns, alternate ballast water exchange zones (ABWEZ) may be used. A coupled-ice-ocean model with meteorological forcing and particle tracking was used to evaluate the relative risks from BWE along primary shipping routes into Canada's eastern Arctic. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.11.062DOI Listing
February 2019

A portable thermal system for reactive treatment of biofouled internal pipework on recreational vessels.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 19;139:65-73. Epub 2018 Dec 19.

Ministry for Primary Industries, Pastoral House, 25 The Terrace, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.

Biofouled commercial and recreational vessels are primary vectors for the introduction and spread of marine non-indigenous species (NIS). This study designed and assessed a portable system to reactively treat biofouling in the internal pipework of recreational vessels - a high-risk 'niche area' for NIS that is difficult to access and manage. A novel thermal treatment apparatus was optimised in a series of laboratory experiments performed using scale models of vessel pipework configurations. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.032DOI Listing
February 2019

Essential element Cu and non-essential element Hg exposures have different toxicological effects in the liver of large yellow croaker.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 18;139:6-13. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

National Engineering Research Center of Marine Facilities Aquaculture, Zhejiang Ocean University, Zhoushan 316022, PR China.

The objective was to compare the different effects of essential element Cu and non-essential element Hg on antioxidant and inflammatory responses in the liver of large yellow croaker Larimichthys crocea. Fish were exposed to Cu stresses (72 and 288 μg L) and Hg stresses (14 and 56 μg L) for 96 h. High-dose Cu increased metallothioneins (MTs) levels and immune defenses in response to elevated reactive oxygen species (ROS), but low-dose Cu had no effect on ROS. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.029DOI Listing
February 2019

Marine debris at nesting grounds used by the Northern Gulf of Mexico loggerhead recovery unit.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 19;139:59-64. Epub 2018 Dec 19.

Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Florida State University, North Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4320, USA. Electronic address:

Anthropogenic marine debris (AMD) can cause obstructions for nesting marine turtles and hatchlings, increase their exposure to toxicants, and potentially alter the incubating environment of clutches. Given the potential impacts of AMD on marine turtles, this study provides baseline information on the abundance and distribution of AMD at the ten highest density nesting beaches in Florida used by the Northern Gulf of Mexico Loggerhead Recovery Unit. Monitoring for AMD at nesting beaches was conducted in 2017 following protocols from the International Coastal Cleanup. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.019DOI Listing
February 2019

Modelling the accumulation and transport of floating marine micro-plastics around South Africa.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 19;139:46-58. Epub 2018 Dec 19.

South African Environmental Observation Network, Egagasini Node, Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Plastic pollution of South Africa's marine environment is widespread, yet limited research exists on the distribution, accumulation and transport of plastic debris around South Africa. In this paper, numerical modelling is used to provide a first approximation of the pathways and accumulation of marine micro-plastics around South Africa. To account for a range of plastic classes, particles with two different densities are considered. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.028DOI Listing
February 2019

A Bayesian Network risk model for assessing oil spill recovery effectiveness in the ice-covered Northern Baltic Sea.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 22;139:440-458. Epub 2019 Jan 22.

Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Research Department, Sweden.

The Northern Baltic Sea, as one of the few areas with busy ship traffic in ice-covered waters, is a typical sea area exposed to risk of ship accidents and oil spills in ice conditions. Therefore, oil spill capability for response and recovery in this area is required to reduce potential oil spill effects. Currently, there are no integrated, scenario-based models for oil spill response and recovery in ice conditions. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.018DOI Listing
February 2019

Marine litter in the Croatian part of the middle Adriatic Sea: Simultaneous assessment of floating and seabed macro and micro litter abundance and composition.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 16;139:427-439. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia, Dunajska cesta 156, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

In this study, abundance, distribution and composition of floating and seabed macro and micro litter in the Central Adriatic Sea were assessed. Floating macro litter observations were made. Floating and seabed micro litter were sampled with manta net and Van Veen grab, respectively. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.038DOI Listing
February 2019

A harmonized and coordinated assessment of the abundance and composition of seafloor litter in the Adriatic-Ionian macroregion (Mediterranean Sea).

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 15;139:412-426. Epub 2019 Jan 15.

Hellenic Center for Marine Research, Institute of Oceanography, 46.7 Km Athens Sounio, Mavro Lithari, P.O. Box 19013, Anavissos, Attica, Greece. Electronic address:

Marine litter is a threat to marine life and an economic burden for coastal communities, but efforts to address the issue are hampered by the lack of data for many countries. We performed the first harmonized assessment of seafloor litter (trawl and visual surveys) in six countries of the Adriatic-Ionian macroregion. Seafloor litter showed an uneven distribution throughout the area, with large differences in litter densities and composition among countries and locations. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.017DOI Listing
February 2019
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Trace elements in microplastics in Cartagena: A hotspot for plastic pollution at the Caribbean.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 15;139:402-411. Epub 2019 Jan 15.

Environmental and Computational Chemistry Group, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zaragocilla Campus, University of Cartagena, Cartagena, 130014, Colombia. Electronic address:

Microplastics are new pollutants considered a source of concern for the oceans worldwide. This research reports the concentrations of trace metals on microplastics collected on beaches from Cartagena, an industrialized city in the Caribbean. Mercury (Hg) was quantified using a Hg analyzer and forty-seven trace elements were assessed by ICP/MS. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.016DOI Listing
February 2019

Capturing microfibers - marketed technologies reduce microfiber emissions from washing machines.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 19;139:40-45. Epub 2018 Dec 19.

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Electronic address:

Microfibers are a common type of microplastic. One known source of microfibers to the environment is domestic laundering, which can release thousands of fibers into washing machine effluent with every wash. Here, we adapted existing methods to measure the length, count and weight of microfibers in laundry effluent. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.012DOI Listing
February 2019

To clean or not to clean? A critical review of beach cleaning methods and impacts.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 12;139:390-401. Epub 2019 Jan 12.

Department of Civil and Environmental, University of the Coast, Calle 58, #55 - 66, Barranquilla, Colombia. Electronic address:

Cleaning is a fundamental concern of beach managers in many destinations as well as an important requirement in beach quality awards. However, it has been largely neglected in the literature. This paper provides an overview of empirical studies on beach cleaning and analyzes cleaning-related requirements of 11 beach awards that generate controversy in the literature. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.027DOI Listing
February 2019

Inorganic nutrients have a significant, but minimal, impact on a coastal microbial community's response to fresh diluted bitumen.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 12;139:381-389. Epub 2019 Jan 12.

Center for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, 1 Challenger Drive, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4A2, Canada.

Microbes capable of degrading hydrocarbons in oil are present in low abundances in coastal waters, but quickly respond to oil following a spill. When estimating potential biodegradation rates in the laboratory, high concentrations of inorganic nutrients are often added to prevent nutrient limitation. In this study, we tested the short term response of coastal microbes to fresh diluted bitumen under varying nutrient conditions in a cold water regime. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.012DOI Listing
February 2019

Colonisation of plastic pellets (nurdles) by E. coli at public bathing beaches.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 11;139:376-380. Epub 2019 Jan 11.

Biological and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK. Electronic address:

The hard surface of waterborne plastic provides an ideal environment for the formation of biofilm by opportunistic microbial colonisers, and could facilitate a novel means of dispersal for microorganisms across coastal and marine environments. Biofilms that colonise the so-called 'plastisphere' could also be a reservoir for faecal indicator organisms (FIOs), such as Escherichia coli, or pathogenic bacteria such as species of Vibrio. Therefore, the aim of this study was to map the spatial distribution of beach-cast plastic resin pellets (nurdles) at five public bathing beaches, and quantify their colonisation by E. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.011DOI Listing
February 2019

Seasonal dynamics of the coastal bacterioplankton at intensive fish-farming areas of the Yellow Sea, China revealed by high-throughput sequencing.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 11;139:366-375. Epub 2019 Jan 11.

Single-Cell Center, CAS Key Laboratory of Biofuels and Shandong Key Laboratory of Energy Genetics, Qingdao Institute of BioEnergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, Shandong, China. Electronic address:

Marine aquaculture areas are facing stressed environmental challenges, especially the degradation of coastal ecosystems. Here a coordinated time-series study was used to investigate the coastal bacterioplankton biodiversity dynamics of the Yellow Sea, China. Bacterial 16S rRNA gene sequencing revealed a temporal pattern of decreasing of diversity in summer. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.052DOI Listing
February 2019

Mapping the environmental risk assessment of marinas on water quality: The Atlas of the Spanish coast.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 11;139:355-365. Epub 2019 Jan 11.

Environmental Hydraulics Institute, Universidad de Cantabria, Avda. Isabel Torres, 15, Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Cantabria, 39011 Santander, Spain. Electronic address:

Recreational sailing sector has an impact on water quality in marinas. This study proposes a standard procedure to assess the environmental risk of marinas on water quality. Risk is assessed through integrating environmental pressures, environmental conditions and societal responses (i. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.008DOI Listing
February 2019

Differential toxicity of functionalized polystyrene microplastics to clams (Meretrix meretrix) at three key development stages of life history.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 10;139:346-354. Epub 2019 Jan 10.

Institute of Coastal Environmental Pollution Control, Key Laboratory of Marine Environment and Ecology, Ministry of Education, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China; College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China.

Little knowledge is available on impact of microplastics (MPs) on the bivalve larvae at different developmental stages throughout their life history, especially for metamorphic stage. Therefore, this study aims to evaluate the toxic responses of carboxylated (PS-COOH) and amino (PS-NH) polystyrene MPs on the developing clam larvae at three key life stages, i.e. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.003DOI Listing
February 2019
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Occurrence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in coral reef fish from the South China Sea.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 9;139:339-345. Epub 2019 Jan 9.

Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Coast and Island Development, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; Laboratory for Marine Geology, Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, China; School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China.

Little data are available on the bioaccumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in coral reef fish from the South China Sea (SCS). In this study, we collected 21 coral reef fish species from the Xisha and Nansha Islands in the SCS to investigate the occurrence of 16 US-EPA PAHs. The total PAH concentrations (ΣPAH) in the collected fish ranged from 12. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.001DOI Listing
February 2019
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Pollution levels of banned and non-banned pesticides in surface sediments from the East China Sea.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 9;139:332-338. Epub 2019 Jan 9.

CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266101, China. Electronic address:

In this paper, 65 pesticides, including banned ones of DDTs, etc. and non-banned ones of iprobenfos, etc. have been detected in 31 surface sediment samples from the East China Sea (ECS) to study their pollution levels, sources, and risks. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.006DOI Listing
February 2019

Micro(nano)plastics: Unignorable vectors for organisms.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 9;139:328-331. Epub 2019 Jan 9.

College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, PR China; Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control, Hunan University, Ministry of Education, Changsha 410082, PR China.

Micro(nano)plastics, as emerging contaminants, have attracted worldwide attention. Nowadays, the environmental distribution, sources, and analysis methods and technologies of micro(nano)plastics have been well studied and recognized. Nevertheless, the role of micro(nano)plastic particles as vectors for attaching organisms is not fully understood. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.004DOI Listing
February 2019

Origins of sediment organic matter and their contributions at three contrasting wetlands in a coastal semi-enclosed ecosystem.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 18;139:32-39. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-resources and Ecology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510301, China; University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100039, China. Electronic address:

The origins of sediment organic matter (SOM) and their contributions were studied in three contrasting wetlands (mudflat, estuarine and mangrove) of Daya Bay, South China Sea. Lower sediment δC but higher δN values were observed in coastal wetland than in offshore water of the bay. Greater terrigenous organic matter (TOM) contribution to SOM was observed in lower tidal area in mudflat and estuarine wetland. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.008DOI Listing
February 2019
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A scalable dynamic characterisation approach for water quality management in semi-enclosed seas and archipelagos.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 8;139:311-327. Epub 2019 Jan 8.

Resources, Energy and Infrastructure, Sustainability Assessment and Management, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Teknikringen 10B, Stockholm 100 44, Sweden. Electronic address:

In semi-enclosed seas, eutrophication may affect both the coastal waters and the whole sea. We develop and test a modelling approach that can account for nutrient loads from land as well as for influences and feedbacks on water quality across the scales of a whole semi-enclosed sea and its coastal zones. We test its applicability in the example cases of the Baltic Sea and one of its local archipelagos, the Archipelago Sea. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.021DOI Listing
February 2019
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Fatty acids and elemental composition as biomarkers of Octopus vulgaris populations: Does origin matter?

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 8;139:299-310. Epub 2019 Jan 8.

Research Group on Community Nutrition and Oxidative Stress, IUNICS, University of Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain; CIBEROBN (Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition), E-07122 Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain.

The present study describes the novel use of fatty acids (FAs) and element profiles of Octopus vulgaris inhabiting three coastal areas in the W-Mediterranean Sea. These populations are exposed to different anthropogenic activities, and were compared at different geographical scales. The FA composition in the mantle of O. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.048DOI Listing
February 2019
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Influence of oceanographic and meteorological events on the quantity and quality of marine debris along an estuarine gradient.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 8;139:282-298. Epub 2019 Jan 8.

University of São Paulo (USP), Department of Biological Oceanography, Oceanographic Institute (IOUSP), Praça do Oceanográfico, 191, 05508-120 São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Electronic address:

The influence of three meteorological/oceanographic conditions - frontal systems (FS), high riverine discharges (HRD) and regular weather conditions (RWC) - over the quantity (Overall Abundance and Richness of types) and quality (composition and most probable source) of marine debris was assessed in sand beaches along three sectors (internal, I; median, M; and external, E) of an estuarine gradient. The highest overall abundance and richness of types were observed in HRD (I and E), while the lowest were observed in RWC (I and M). The external sector showed lowest abundance in FS. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.049DOI Listing
February 2019

Swatch-of-no-ground marine protected area for sharks, dolphins, porpoises and whales: Legal and institutional challenges.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 7;139:275-281. Epub 2019 Jan 7.

Department of Law, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is host to a major cetacean habitat. The country declared its first marine protected area, namely, the Swatch-of-No-Ground Marine Protected Area, for conservation of some species of dolphins, porpoises, whales and sharks. However, this declaration has not been supported with an effective and robust legal, policy and institutional framework. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.037DOI Listing
February 2019

Significantly decreasing harmful algal blooms in China seas in the early 21st century.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 7;139:270-274. Epub 2019 Jan 7.

College of Geography and Environment, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, China.

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are one of primary worldwide environmental problems with severe consequences for aquatic ecosystems, human health, marine fisheries and local economy. During the past few decades, coastal waters of China Seas have experienced a significant increase in the occurrence of the HAB events, which is common across the vast majority of coastal waters of the world. Here we report the absence of the widespread increase over the early 21st century in China Seas. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.002DOI Listing
February 2019
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Bioaccumulation of organochlorine compounds in large, threatened elasmobranchs off northern New South Wales, Australia.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 9;139:263-269. Epub 2019 Jan 9.

Department of Environment, Earth and Physical Sciences, Siena University, Via Mattioli 4, 53100 Siena, Italy.

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB), which are resistant to biodegradation and therefore accumulate in the marine environment. In Australia, POPs occur in high concentrations primarily in costal water near farming regions and urban centres. From contaminated sediments and biota, POPs are transferred and biomagnified in larger marine organisms. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.043DOI Listing
February 2019

Emerging and traditional organic markers: Baseline study showing the influence of untraditional anthropogenic activities on coastal zones with multiple activities (Ceará coast, Northeast Brazil).

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 9;139:256-262. Epub 2019 Jan 9.

Laboratory for Assessment of Organic Contaminants (LACOr), Institute of Marine Sciences, Federal University of Ceará (LABOMAR-UFC), Av. Abolição, 3207-Meireles, 60165-081 Fortaleza, CE, Brazil. Electronic address:

Molecular markers are useful tools to characterize natural and anthropogenic impacts on coastal zones. Distribution of n-alkanes showed that the Pacoti River was predominantly influenced by terrigenous input. Distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) indices showed a mix of natural sources, especially pyrogenic influences. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.006DOI Listing
February 2019

Legacy and emerging pollutants in the Gulf of Gdańsk (southern Baltic Sea) - loads and distribution revisited.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 4;139:238-255. Epub 2019 Jan 4.

Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Powstańców Warszawy street 55, 81-712 Sopot, Poland.

Coastal marine areas of densely populated countries are exposed to a wide array of human activities having an impact on their ecological status. The Baltic Sea is particularly susceptible to pollution by hazardous substances (limited water exchange, shallowness, and large catchment area). Polish media regularly reports ecological catastrophes in the Gulf of Gdańsk area caused by eg. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.11.060DOI Listing
February 2019

Microplastics are ubiquitous on California beaches and enter the coastal food web through consumption by Pacific mole crabs.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 4;139:231-237. Epub 2019 Jan 4.

Environmental Science and Resource Management Program, California State University Channel Islands, United States of America.

Microplastics are commonly found in marine ecosystems, but their distribution, prevalence, and impacts on resident fauna are still not well understood. Microplastics in coastal sediments expose invertebrate infauna to the risk of ingestion of plastic debris and associated toxicants. We assessed the prevalence of microplastics in beach sediments and ingested by Pacific mole crabs (Emerita analoga) at sandy beaches spanning >900 km of the California coast. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.039DOI Listing
February 2019

PCDD/F and PCB levels in different tissues from dugongs (Dugong dugon) inhabiting the Queensland coastline.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 18;139:23-31. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS), The University of Queensland, 20 Cornwall Street, Woolloongabba, Queensland 4102, Australia.

Previous studies on PCDD/Fs and PCBs in dugong (Dugong dugon) blubber reported unexpectedly elevated TEQ levels. This study analysed archived blubber, muscle, liver and faeces obtained from dugongs from two areas along the Queensland coast. All samples showed detectable levels of PCDDs and PCBs, while PCDFs were consistently near or below LOQ. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.020DOI Listing
February 2019

Environmental implications of metal mobility in marine sediments receiving input from a torrent affected by mine discharge.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 3;139:221-230. Epub 2019 Jan 3.

DISTAV, University of Genoa, 26 Corso Europa, Genoa I-16132, Italy.

Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) is one of the most important sources of pollution in fluvial systems and can enrich rivers in dissolved and suspended metals of environmental concern. Colloidal particles may favour the transport of metals to the sea, where metals can be accumulated in bottom sediments. The aim of this paper was to evaluate the mobility of metals in the "Baia delle Favole" bottom sediments (Sestri Levante, Italy), which receive the input of the AMD impacted Gromolo Torrent, using chemical speciation (BCR sequential extraction). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.050DOI Listing
February 2019

Sinking velocity of sub-millimeter microplastic.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 29;139:214-220. Epub 2018 Dec 29.

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Seestraße 15, 18119 Rostock, Germany.

Sinking experiments were conducted using irregularly shaped polyamide (PA), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) particles sized 6 to 251 μm. Certified PS spheres were used to validate experiments and showed that the effect of particle size on terminal sinking velocity is well reproduced by the method. As expected sinking velocities of irregularly shaped particles were considerably lower than theoretical values for spheres of the same size range calculated via several approximations available in the literature. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.035DOI Listing
February 2019

Initial environmental risk assessment of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) spill accidents to mitigate its damages.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 28;139:205-213. Epub 2018 Dec 28.

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sogang University, Seoul 04107, Republic of Korea.

In this study, a system was established to perform an initial environmental risk assessment of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) spill accidents. Initial environmental risk assessment was performed using exposure and hazard assessments. An integrated hydrodynamic and chemical fate model was used to predict HNS concentrations at harbors, taking into account local environmental conditions. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.044DOI Listing
February 2019

First bloom event of the small dinoflagellate Prorocentrum shikokuense in the Mediterranean Sea: cryptogenic or introduced?

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 28;139:197-204. Epub 2018 Dec 28.

CNR-IRSA National Research Council-Water Research Institute, Unit of Taranto Via Roma, 3, 74121 Taranto, Italy.

A bloom of putatively non-indigenous species (NIS) Prorocentrum shikokuense was detected for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea at the Brindisi harbor (Southern Adriatic Sea) on September 2016, in the context of EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive monitoring in the ports. This species is usually observed in the East China Sea and Japanese and Korean waters. In the Brindisi harbor this dinoflagellate reached the concentration 10 cell/L and represented from 30 to 50% of the total phytoplankton population. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.034DOI Listing
February 2019

Ficopomatus enigmaticus larval development assay: An application for toxicity assessment of marine sediments.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 28;139:189-196. Epub 2018 Dec 28.

Consorzio per il Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata di Livorno "G. Bacci", Viale N. Sauro 4, 57128 Livorno, Italy; Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pisa, Via Livornese lato monte, 56122 San Piero a Grado, PI, Italy. Electronic address:

Ficopomatus enigmaticus is a serpulid polychaete, reef-forming, dioecious gamete spawner throughout different seasons and in different salinity conditions. Due to these characteristics, its candidacy as a model organism to monitor both marine and brackish matrices was assessed. Marine sediments collected in a polluted area near the port of Ancona (Italy) were used as case study. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.033DOI Listing
February 2019
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Fungal communities in oil contaminated mangrove sediments - Who is in the mud?

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 27;139:181-188. Epub 2018 Dec 27.

Institute of Microbiology Paulo de Góes, Health Science Center, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mangroves are ecosystems located in tropical and subtropical regions of the world and are vital for coastal protection. Their unique characteristics make them hotspots for carbon cycling and biological diversity. Studies on isolated filamentous fungi and environmental and anthropogenic factors that influence sediments offer new understandings on how to preserve mangroves. Read More

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Assessment of the organotin pollution in the coastal sediments of the Western Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabia.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 27;139:174-180. Epub 2018 Dec 27.

Center for Environment & Water, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Electronic address:

Organotin compounds (OTCs) are persistent pollutants and are considered as chemicals of environmental concern. They enter the marine environment from the antifouling paints containing organotin compounds on the hulls of ships and boats. We report the results of a study conducted in 2015 on the level of butyltins (TBT, DBT, and MBT) and phenyltins (TPhT, DPhT, and MPhT) in the sediments collected from three fishing harbors (Jubail, Khobar, and Qatif) and a reference site (Half Moon Bay). Read More

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February 2019

Quantity and spatial distribution of seafloor marine debris in the Moroccan Mediterranean Sea.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 27;139:163-173. Epub 2018 Dec 27.

Geosciences Laboratory, Department of Geology, Faculty of Sciences, University Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco.

This paper qualifies, quantifies and localizes seafloor marine debris (SMD) in the Moroccan portion of the Mediterranean Sea. Six scientific trawl surveys were conducted by the Moroccan Institute of Fisheries Research from 2012 to 2015 between Cape Spartel (5°W) and Saidia (2°W), during which a total of 497 kg of SMD has been collected. Statistical analysis show that the mean abundance differed between surveys, generally ranging from 26 ± 68 to 80 ± 133 kg/km. Read More

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February 2019

Microplastic contamination in surface waters in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 27;139:157-162. Epub 2018 Dec 27.

Chemistry Department Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Microplastics (MPs) are contaminants of environmental concern that represent a threat to marine systems. Here we report data on the abundance and characteristics of MPs collected from surface waters of the urban Guanabara Bay. Samples were collected, by horizontal trawling of a plankton net on two occasions (summer of 2016). Read More

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February 2019

Examining derelict pot impacts on harvest in a commercial blue crab Callinectes sapidus fishery.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 24;139:150-156. Epub 2018 Dec 24.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary, P.O. Box 1346, Gloucester Point, VA 23062, United States of America.

Pot fisheries occur worldwide with a significant proportion of the gear becoming derelict. Derelict pots induce detrimental ecological and economic impacts, and more recently were found to reduce blue crab harvests in the Chesapeake Bay commercial fishery. We simulated the presence of derelict pots near actively fished pots in seasonal field experiments to quantify the effect derelict pots have on blue crab harvest. Read More

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February 2019

Calcium carbonate unit realignment under acidification: A potential compensatory mechanism in an edible estuarine oyster.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 4;139:141-149. Epub 2019 Jan 4.

The Swire Institute of Marine Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China; State Key Laboratory for Marine Pollution, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China. Electronic address:

Ocean acidification (OA) is well-known for impairing marine calcification; however, the end response of several essential species to this perturbation remains unknown. Decreased pH and saturation levels (Ω) of minerals under OA is projected to alter shell crystallography and thus to reduce shell mechanical properties. This study examined this hypothesis using a commercially important estuarine oyster Magallana hongkongensis. Read More

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February 2019

Accumulation and distribution of marine debris on barrier islands across the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 18;139:14-22. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

University of South Alabama, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, United States of America; Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, United States of America.

Marine debris is an economic, environmental, human health, and aesthetic problem posing a complex challenge to communities around the globe. To better document this problem in the Gulf of Mexico we monitored the occurrence and accumulation rate of marine debris at twelve sites on nine barrier islands from North Padre Island, Texas to Santa Rosa, Florida. With this information we are investigating three specific questions: (1) what are the major types/sources of marine debris; (2) does debris deposition have seasonal oscillations; and (3) how does debris deposition change spatially? Several trends emerged; plastic composed 69-95% of debris; there was a significant increase in debris accumulation during the spring and summer seasons; accumulation rates were ten times greater in Texas than the other Gulf States throughout the year; and the amount of debris accumulating along the shoreline could be predicted with high confidence in areas with high freshwater influx. Read More

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February 2019

Effects and improvements of different reagents preservation methods on the determination of phosphate in seawater by phosphomolybdenum blue spectrophotometric method.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 4;139:136-140. Epub 2019 Jan 4.

CAS Key Laboratory of Marine Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Laboratory for Marine Ecology and Environmental Science, Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, China; Center for Ocean Mega Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

This work attempted to prolong the validity of the molybdate mixed solution and ascorbic acid solution used in the phosphomolybdenum blue spectrophotometric method by improving their preservation according to the influence factors. The results showed that the molybdate mixed solution can be directly preserved in darkness with validity over half a year. The ascorbic acid solution is influenced by light, temperature, pH, metal ions, oxygen, and bacteria. Read More

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February 2019
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Microplastic ingestion by Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) in the Canary Islands coast.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 4;139:127-135. Epub 2019 Jan 4.

Marine Ecophysiology Group (EOMAR), IU- ECOAQUA, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

In recent years, due to the increasing concerns about their negative impact on wildlife and possible toxicity to living organisms (including humans), microplastics have become the subject of intense investigations. In the ocean, microplastics can be easily ingested by numerous marine organisms because of their small size (<5 mm). The Northwest African upwelling system is an important fishery area, and the present study is the first one in the region to reveal the presence of microplastic particles in the digestive tract of Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias). Read More

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February 2019

A novel GIS-based tool for predicting coastal litter accumulation and optimising coastal cleanup actions.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 22;139:117-126. Epub 2018 Dec 22.

SALT Lofoten AS, Havneterminalen, Fiskergata 23, N-8301 Svolvær, Norway.

Effective site selection is a key component of maximising debris removal during coastal cleanup actions. We tested a GIS-based predictive model to identify marine litter hotspots in Lofoten, Norway based on shoreline gradient and shape. Litter density was recorded at 27 randomly selected locations with 5 transects sampled in each. Read More

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February 2019

Sterol biomarkers and fecal coliforms in a tropical estuary: Seasonal distribution and sources.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 22;139:111-116. Epub 2018 Dec 22.

Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Departamento de Química, São Cristóvão, Sergipe 49100-000, Brazil.

The Sergipe River estuary has been subjected to a range of anthropogenic activities including food, plastic, textile, ceramic and metallurgical production plants along with domestic sewage inputs, all of which are of environmental concern. In this study, the levels of fecal coliforms (FC) in surface water samples and sterols in superficial sediment samples collected from the Sergipe River estuary were determined. Based on the FC concentrations, 58% of the water samples were considered Water Potentially Unusable (WPU) according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Read More

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February 2019
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Taking control of persistent solid waste pollution.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 21;139:105-110. Epub 2018 Dec 21.

Hawai'i Coral Reef Initiative, Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, 2424 Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822, United States of America.

The complexity and scale of the sources, types and environmental impacts of persistent solid waste pollution (PSWP) continue to overwhelm the capabilities of government and private efforts to control it. Global cumulative production of virgin plastics is expected to quadruple by 2050 with a concomitant doubling of plastic waste. All nations must take significant steps to realize eventual mitigation of PSWP. Read More

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February 2019

Quantification is more than counting: Actions required to accurately quantify and report isolated marine microplastics.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 21;139:100-104. Epub 2018 Dec 21.

Nekton Foundation, Begbroke Science Park, Begbroke Hill, Woodstock Road, Begbroke, Oxfordshire OX5 1PF, United Kingdom; Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Zoology Research and Administration Building, 11a Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3SZ, United Kingdom.

Research on marine microplastics continues to increase in popularity, with a large number of studies being published every year. However, with this plethora of research comes the need for a standardised approach to quantification and analysis procedures in order to produce comparative assessments. Using data collected from neuston nets in 2016, parameters for quantifying microplastics were compared. Read More

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February 2019
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Comparing quantity of marine debris to loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) nesting and non-nesting emergence activity on Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA.

Mar Pollut Bull 2019 Feb 18;139:1-5. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center, 214 Stable Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527, USA.

Marine debris is defined as any manmade item, commonly plastics, which ends up in the ocean regardless of the source. Debris found along coastlines can cause harm or even death to nesting and hatchling sea turtles through ingestion, entrapment, or entanglement. Jekyll Island is a prominent nesting beach for loggerhead sea turtles with over 1700 emergences from 2012 to 2017. Read More

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February 2019