Mediterranean microplastic contamination: Israel's coastline contributions

Andrey Ethan Rubin, Limor Omeysi, Ines Zucker*

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Abstract

This study provides an analysis of the current state of microplastic (MP) contamination along the Mediterranean coastline of Israel. Six strategic sites were monitored in this study – each representing a unique coastal environment. We conclude that Tel Aviv and Hadera, both located near stream estuaries, were highly contaminated (18,777 particles/m3) with MP compared to the other locations. The MP detected included both secondary MP and pristine polymeric pellets. In-depth characterization of the MP illustrated a large percentage of both fragmented and film MP morphologies and the most common MP polymers were polyethylene and polypropylene. Further particle analysis showed that MPs were contaminated with biofilm, including microorganisms such as diatoms, as well as metal residues. Through the spatial analysis presented herein we suggest that local rivers are significant contributors to MP contamination along the Mediterranean Sea coastline of Israel and may pose a direct threat to environment and human health.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114080
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume183
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

Funding

FundersFunder number
Aaron Frenkel Pollution Initiative
Tel Aviv University
Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel, University of HaifaA 5771

    Keywords

    • Biofilm formation
    • Heavy metals
    • Israel
    • Mediterranean Sea
    • Microplastic
    • Physicochemical characteristics

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