Temporal and spatial variability of beach litter in Mangaluru, India

Sulochanan, Bindu and Veena, S and Lavanya, S and Padua, Shelton and Rohit, Prathibha and Kaladharan, P and Kripa, V (2019) Temporal and spatial variability of beach litter in Mangaluru, India. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 149. pp. 1-13.

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    Monthly litter samples were collected from three major beaches in Mangaluru from 2011–2016. Fishing litter persisted at the beaches, resulting in higher abundances by number (59%) and weight (33.4%) relative to all litter in 2016. In addition to plastics, foam comprised 7.14–11.0% of total litter. Significant positive correlations were observed between the amount of plastic on the beaches and rainy days, rainfall, and river discharge. The maximum river discharge coincided with an increase in plastic items on the beach. Yearly quantities of plastic items (p < 0.01), plastic bags (p < 0.001), and plastic footwear (p < 0.05), on the beaches were significantly different indicating clean-up activities reduced the litter quantity. Changes in total beach litter revealed that Panambur Beach, a fishing boat landing centre was the least changed, and thus appropriate incentive-based management options for the resident fishermen could result in collection and elimination of litter.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Beach litter; River discharge; Clean-up program; Anthropogenic marine debris; South Asian monsoon; Plastic pollution
    Subjects: Marine Environment > Marine Pollution
    Marine Environment
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2020 10:17
    Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 10:17
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/14324

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