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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, www.spill-international.com. Spill International provides international experts with information on recent events, developments in ...

Microplastic pollution’s effects explored for two key marine species: mussels and lugworms

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Apr. 30, 2015)

Mussels exposed to high levels of microplastic pollution display signs of stress, new research has shown. However, levels of exposure were higher than found in the wild and no effect on the energy reserves of either mussels or lugworms was observed in the lab. tests. The researchers caution that longer experiments may be needed to reveal ...

Marshall Islands accedes to five UN treaties on safety and marine pollution

by United Nations  (May 13, 2008)

The Marshall Islands, one of the world’s major shipping nations, has acceded to five important International Maritime Organization (IMO) conventions that aim to discourage environmental pollution and promote safety on the high seas, the United Nations agency announced today. The Pacific island nation has acceded to the International Convention on ...

France`s marine pollution needs treatment to meet the MarPol convention

by EEP European Environmental Press  (Dec. 11, 2007)

France's third biggest port, Dunkirk needs a means of onsite treatment of waste hydrocarbons from ships (engine room effluent), barges, and towboats, so that the terms of the MarPol (Marine Pollution) convention can be respected. This has now been achieved with the inauguration in November of the Sarp Industries (Veolia Propreté) site, Hydropale, ...

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 ...

Woods Hole Marine's 'Solution' to Pollution With OPFLEX(R) Technology

by Marketwire  (Nov. 3, 2011)

OPFLEX Solutions Inc and Woods Hole Marine are pleased to announce a distribution agreement, wherein Woods Hole Marine will supply OPFLEX® products to ports and marinas throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Together, the companies will create real green jobs with American-made products. Following OPFLEX Solutions' CEO, Scott Smith's, ...

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, ...

ET Marine Anticipates Sales Boost Following New Air Pollution Regulations

by Enviro Technology Services plc  (Aug. 2, 2005)

Untitled Document ET Marine, which was set up just two months ago, has reported massive interest in its newly launched Seanox ship air ...

The Chelsea Mariner Shuttle for Large Marine Ecosystem Monitoring

by Chelsea Technologies Group  (Dec. 6, 2006)

The new Chelsea Mariner Nu-Shuttle is based on the successful Nu-Shuttle towed oceanographic vehicle. It is a generic, robust monitoring system designed for regular monitoring of large marine ecosystems. Undulating behind a research vessel or ship of opportunity it enables a wide range of oceanographic measurements to be made underway from the ...

Rising threats to marine biodiversity

by WaterLink International - Geomares Publishing bv  (Oct. 20, 2010)

The environmental and economic health of the World Seas-present and future-is outlined in a report that underlines growing concern from pressures such as pollution, over-fishing and climate change. The report, the Marine Biodiversity Assessment and Outlook: Global Synthesis by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) predicts that by 2050 productivity ...

Mercury Marine`s environmental stewardship

by Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc.  (Jun. 1, 2015)

A recent expansion at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac Wisconsin has caught the attention of professionals in the energy and environmental industries.   At an event this past May, the Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers (WAEE) showcased Mercury's new process equipment and pollution control system.  The 75 attendees consisted of ...

Low-sulphur marine fuels work!

by Transport and Environment (T&E)  (Sep. 29, 2011)

Requiring ships to use low-sulphur fuels and slow down makes a massive difference to air pollution, according to a new study from America. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took emissions readings from a commercial container ship using high-sulphur fuels, and then compared them to readings from the same ship using low-sulphur ...

Coastal structures change marine ecosystems

by Science for Environment Policy - European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service  (Apr. 16, 2010)

The urbanisation of coastal areas and introduction of man-made structures, such as jetties and seawalls, are changing marine environments. A new analysis highlights the impacts of these changes on marine plants and animals and suggests options to manage the detrimental effects. Many of the world's largest cities are in coastal zones and more than ...

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