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ASSESSMENT OF MICROPLASTIC FIBRE CONTAMINATION IN THE EASTERN AEGEAN SEA, WITH THE USE OF HOLOTHURIANS AS INDICATOR SPECIES

Title:
Assessment of microplastic fibre contamination in the Eastern Aegean Sea, with the use of Holothurians as indicator species (2016).
Authors:
Miliou A., Hofer S., Maridakis C., Almeida M. and Cox R.
Abstract:
This study assesses the use of Holothurians as an indicator species for the presence of microplastics in the coastal zone of Samos
island, NE Aegean, Greece. The aim of this investigation is to evaluate the contamination in deposit feeders in the lowest level of
the trophic food chain. Individuals were sampled in the coastal zone at 5 sites on Samos Island and the total amount of egested
fibres was measured. Microplastic fibres were found in all the samples with an average of 1.388 ± 0.041 (SD) fibres per individual
and neither depth nor anthropogenic activities affected the concentration levels in this particular study.