First evaluation of neustonic microplastics in Black Sea waters


•Values of neustonic microplastic are reported for the first time in the Black Sea.
•Microplastics (<5 mm) were found in 92% of the neustonic samples.
•The primary types were fibres and no micro beads were found.
•Mean microplastic concentrations were 1.2 × 103 par. m−3 in November of 2014 and 0.6 × 103 par. m−3 in February of 2015.

Ulgen Aytan, Andre Valente, Yasemen Senturk, Riza Usta, Fatma Basak Esensoy Sahin, Rahsan Evren Mazlum, Ertugrul Agirbas, Marine Environmental Research, Volume 119, August 2016, Pages 22–30

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