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RepescaPlas: plastics recovered from the sea

By Sara López Ibáñez

Nowadays, marine ecosystems are under a huge pressure performed by human beings from all over the world. Some of the first causes that are making the degradation and even the disappearance of the habitats happen are, mainly, acts like overfishing, the amount of greenhouse gases, emissions or the excessive generation of aguas residuales, o la generación desmesurada de wastes that end in the sea (80% from land activities).

Microplastics: the invisible menace

Microplastics, fragments of plastic lower than 5 mm in size, are found in every environmental compartment, both in terrestrial and marine ecosystems. A research group from Vigo University (Galicia, Spain) led by Prof. Ricardo Beiras are studying the uptake by plankton and transfer into marine food webs, as well as their toxic effects. The in depth knowledge on these issues will be useful also to prevent implications of microplastics on human health.

Plastic's age

The program "Equipo de Investigación", of Spanish channel laSexta TV, analyzes the situation of plastic. Prof. Ricardo Beiras and his team participates from the facilities of the ECIMAT.

Más información

VI International Symposium on Marine Sciences

Seis simposios de referencia internacional al mismo tiempo en un mismo lugar: ISMS, EOF, SIQUIMAR, REDIBAL, ISC CDM, y el WorkShop 'Patrimonio Cíes'. Expertos de todo el mundo están en el ISMS del 20 al 22 de junio en el Auditorio Mar de Vigo, en Vigo (España).

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