Microplastics Research at Archipelagos

Microplastics found under microscope analysis in the facilities of Archipelago Institute. Microplastics are anthropogenic pollutants that enter the water column in two different ways: either as primary sources, known as nurdles or pellets, or as secondary sources from larger plastics fragmented by sun, wind and water forces. These particles measure up to 5mm and are
Background Public awareness is rising for the danger plastics are causing to the marine environment, but it can still improve further. Tourists are a major part of a beaches population during the summer months of a year, their presence can have both positive and negative effects. They bring many items to the beach and can
PRESENTING THE GLOBAL PROBLEM OF MICROPLASTICS POLLUTION AT THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL & HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT. Eleonora Faraggiana, [email protected] Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, P.O. Box 42 Pythagorio 83 103 Samos (Greece) Context During the 6th International Conference on Industrial & HazardousWaste Management, taking place in Chania (Crete) between 4th – 7th September 2018,

Microplastics research

Introduction Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastics up to 5mm in size, anything bigger is considered a macroplastic. Since their invention in the 1950s plastics have been polluting our oceans and waterways. Big pieces of plastic in the oceans are broken down by phytodegradation, photodegradation (through plants or light) or weathering processes in the sea
Στο πλαίσιο μίας από τις πρώτες έρευνες παγκοσμίως, που διεξάγει το Ινστιτούτο Θαλάσσιας Προστασίας Αρχιπέλαγος για την εκτίμηση της περιεκτικότητας μικροσκοπικών ινών πλαστικού σε στομάχια δελφινιών που έχουν βρεθεί νεκρά στις ακτές του Αιγαίου, τα πρώτα αποτελέσματα είναι άκρως ανησυχητικά! Αναλύοντας ένα μέρος του πεπτικού συστήματος από 7 δελφίνια, έχουν ήδη εντοπιστεί περισσότερα από 700