The presence of marine debris in coastal and oceanic regions is a worldwide and growing problem and own to different factors. In order to check the influence of some of these factors in the amount of debris in these areas, we quantified and identified marine debris found on sand of four beaches in the city of Niterói, RJ during dry and rainy seasons; two in oceanic region and two in Guanabara Bay, and observed the intensity of use of them by people. Our results showed that intensity of use and intensity of rain had influence in the presence and amount of solid waste collected. Environmental education campaigns and improvements in basic sanitation are extremely necessary to prevent the pollution of aquatic environments and get improvements on waste management in the cities of Niterói, RJ.
Melanie Lopes da Silva, Alessandro Souza Sales, Suzane Martins, Rebeca de Oliveira Castro, Fábio Vieira de Araújo, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 113, Issues 1–2, 15 December 2016, Pages 36–39