Derelict Fishing Gear – Removing a Source of Microplastics from the Marine Environment

Andrea Stolte, Jochen Lamp, Gabriele Dederer, Falk Schneider, Marta Kalinowska, Sylwia Migdal, Marek Press, Vesa Tschernij, Andreas Frössberg

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Lost fishing gear is omnipresent in the marine environment. The Mediterranean acts as a hotspot for microplastics, with a dominant fraction being fibres. The origin of these fibres – fishing nets, ropes, or land-based waste water, is unknown. Fishing nets take decades to centuries to degrade in the marine environment, remaining a source of microplastic fibres with a potential of entering the marine food web and returning to our plates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Water
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameSpringer Water
ISSN (Print)2364-6934
ISSN (Electronic)2364-8198

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Aquatic Science
  • Oceanography
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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