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Mar Pollut Bull. 2013 Jun 15;71(1-2):325-9. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.01.027. Epub 2013 Feb 24.

A baseline assessment of beach debris and tar contamination in Bonaire, Southeastern Caribbean.

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Institute for Marine Research and Ecosystem Studies, Wageningen UR, P.O. Box 57,1780AB Den Helder, The Netherlands. dolfi.debrot@wur.nl

Abstract

Data on beach debris and tar contamination is provided for 21 natural beach sites in Bonaire, Southeastern Caribbean. Transects amounting to a combined length of 991 m were sampled March-May 2011 and a total of 8960 debris items were collected. Highest debris and tar contamination were found on the beaches of the windward east-coast of the island where geometric mean debris concentrations (± approx. 70% confidence limits) were 115±58 items m(-1) and 3408±1704 g m(-1) of beach front. These levels are high compared to data collected almost 20 years earlier on the nearby island of Curaçao. Tar contamination levels averaged 223 g m(-1) on windward beaches. Contamination levels for leeward west-coast beaches were generally two orders of magnitude less than windward beaches.

PMID:
23497789
DOI:
10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.01.027
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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