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Lugworms harmed by marine microplastic pollution

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Mar. 12, 2014)

Microplastic pollution impairs the heath of the marine worms that help maintain sediments for other creatures, new research suggests. This study shows that the energy reserves of lugworms living in sediment contaminated with microplastic particles were reduced by up to 50%. Microplastic pollution, fragments of less than 5 mm, is of increasing ...

Marine pollution - cleaning up the seas

by GLOBE Foundation  (Apr. 7, 2008)

Greenhouse gas emissions from marine vessels have received special attention of late, but as the maritime shipping industry continues to grow, other forms of pollution from ships are creating problems that require urgent attention. In the past 15 years, seaborne trade has increased by 50% and continued high rates of growth are expected. The rise ...

Pollution and overfishing are public’s biggest marine concerns

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jan. 8, 2015)

A pan-European survey has revealed the public’s awareness, concerns and priorities about human impacts on the oceans. The results show high levels of concern about marine pollution in particular, and that, generally, respondents were most concerned about the issues they felt most informed about. The study could help policymakers develop ...

Small oil spills: Overlooked source of marine pollution?

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Apr. 3, 2009)

'Small oils spills are just as important as large oil spills, according to new research. By analysing images of oil slicks taken over an eight year period, researchers were able to show that smaller spills contribute a larger proportion of the oil pollution present in European waters. Oil spills represent a major threat to European seas. Over 600 ...

Mussels: Biomonitoring tools for pharmaceutical pollution in the marine environment?

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Oct. 1, 2015)

Pharmaceutical pollution of marine environments has important biological consequences for aquatic organisms. This study investigated the effects on mussels of treatment with environmentally relevant levels of an antidepressant, fluoxetine, and a beta-blocker, propranolol, using biomarkers including DNA damage. The results showed that mussels are ...

Pollutants released by seafloor trawling affect marine life

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Dec. 6, 2012)

Commercial bottom trawling, the technique of pulling fishing gear across the seabed to catch fish and other seafood, releases pollutants trapped in the seabed, which can negatively affect local marine life and ecosystems. Recent findings from a Norwegian fjord show how mussels can take up high levels of contaminants released by trawling, with ...

Geomares launches website on Marine spills and pollution

by Geomares Publishing bv  (Oct. 5, 2010)

Geomares Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Spill International, the international website and newsletter on the prevention, preparedness for, response to and restoration of marine spills and pollution, Spill International provides international experts with information on recent events, developments in ...

Plastic litter can pass on pollutants and chemical additives to marine wildlife

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 26, 2014)

New research has provided the first conclusive evidence that microplastics ingested by marine wildlife can transfer toxic pollutants to their tissues. The researchers studied lugworms fed on PVC particles contaminated with either widespread marine pollutants or plastic additives and found that these ‘earthworms of the sea’ absorbed the ...

Plastics can concentrate toxic pollutants, endangering marine ecosystems

by European Commission, Environment DG  (May 2, 2013)

Plastic debris is a serious environmental concern, as a physical pollutant as well as a chemical pollutant when it breaks down in the marine environment. A new study has now shown that plastics can also concentrate other pollutants, with significantly higher concentrations of toxic pollutants adhering to soft, rubbery plastics, rather than hard, ...

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