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Cetaceans at risk by plastic debris: First results from the Fixed Line Transect Mediterranean monitoring network
Arcangeli, A.; Azzolin, M.; Campana, I.; Castelli, A.; Giacoma, C.; Luperini, C.; Marini, L.; Paraboschi, M.; Pellegrino, G.; Ruvolo, A.; Tringali, M.; Vetrugno, A.; Crosti, R. (2015). Cetaceans at risk by plastic debris: First results from the Fixed Line Transect Mediterranean monitoring network. Biol. Mar. Medit. 22(1): 248-249
In: Biologia Marina Mediterranea. Società Italiana di Biologia Marina: Genova. ISSN 1123-4245, more
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Author keywords
    cetacean, plastic debris, Mediterranean Sea

Authors  Top | Datasets 
  • Arcangeli, A.
  • Azzolin, M.
  • Campana, I.
  • Castelli, A., more
  • Giacoma, C.
  • Luperini, C.
  • Marini, L.
  • Paraboschi, M.
  • Pellegrino, G.
  • Ruvolo, A.
  • Tringali, M.
  • Vetrugno, A.
  • Crosti, R.

    Marine plastic debris is one of the main threat affecting cetaceans and other macro-fauna. A specific protocol was adapted by the Mediterranean network that monitors cetaceans using ferries as platform of observation allowing a complementary data collection on marine macro-litter. Since 2013, the protocol was applied along 5 fixed transects (2700 km monitored year-round) between Italy, France, Spain, Tunisia and Greece. Plastic was the main component of the marine litter, with highest density in summer (2.53±0.5 items/km2). Kernel analysis revealed variation in distribution of plastic debris and the overlap with squid-eating species distribution.

Datasets (3)
  • GAIA_ADRION_FLT Network-ANPA_2014-2018: Adriatic and Ionian Sea mega-fauna monitoring employing ferry as platform of observation along the Ancona-Igoumenitsa-Patras lane, from December 2014 to December 2018, more
  • GAIA_IONIAN_2008-2018: Ionian Sea mega-fauna monitoring employing a sailing vessel along random tracks from 2008 to 2018, more
  • CET_FLT_CBAR_14-18: Presence of cetacean species collected through Fixed-Line-Transect monitoring across the Western Mediterranean Sea (Civitavecchia-Barcelona route) between 2014 and 2018, more

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