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Article: Abundance of plastic microbeads in Hong Kong coastal water

TitleAbundance of plastic microbeads in Hong Kong coastal water
Authors
KeywordsEnvironment
Hong Kong
Microbeads
Microplastic
Pollution
Surface water
Issue Date2018
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/marpolbul
Citation
Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2018, v. 133, p. 500-505 How to Cite?
AbstractTo address the rising concern over the use of plastic microbeads in personal care and cosmetic products, countries worldwide have started taking legislative actions to ban microbeads. Yet, the degree of contamination of coastal waters by plastic microbeads is rarely reported. Surface manta trawls were conducted to investigate the presence of microbeads in the southern coastal waters of Hong Kong. Considering only the size fraction of 0.3 to 1 mm, 60% of samples were found to contain microbeads. Microbeads accounted for 3.6% of the total microplastics collected and microbead abundance ranged from 0 to 380,129 pcs/km2. The shapes, sizes, colours, and composition of microbeads found in our samples were similar to those from tested facial scrubs, suggesting that pelagic microbeads collected in this study very likely originated from the cosmetic products available locally. Microbeads represent a non-negligible part of the microplastics found in surface coastal waters.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/260402
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2017 Impact Factor: 3.241
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.264
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dc.contributor.authorSo, WK-
dc.contributor.authorChan, KY-
dc.contributor.authorNot, CA-
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-14T08:41:08Z-
dc.date.available2018-09-14T08:41:08Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationMarine Pollution Bulletin, 2018, v. 133, p. 500-505-
dc.identifier.issn0025-326X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/260402-
dc.description.abstractTo address the rising concern over the use of plastic microbeads in personal care and cosmetic products, countries worldwide have started taking legislative actions to ban microbeads. Yet, the degree of contamination of coastal waters by plastic microbeads is rarely reported. Surface manta trawls were conducted to investigate the presence of microbeads in the southern coastal waters of Hong Kong. Considering only the size fraction of 0.3 to 1 mm, 60% of samples were found to contain microbeads. Microbeads accounted for 3.6% of the total microplastics collected and microbead abundance ranged from 0 to 380,129 pcs/km2. The shapes, sizes, colours, and composition of microbeads found in our samples were similar to those from tested facial scrubs, suggesting that pelagic microbeads collected in this study very likely originated from the cosmetic products available locally. Microbeads represent a non-negligible part of the microplastics found in surface coastal waters.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/marpolbul-
dc.relation.ispartofMarine Pollution Bulletin-
dc.subjectEnvironment-
dc.subjectHong Kong-
dc.subjectMicrobeads-
dc.subjectMicroplastic-
dc.subjectPollution-
dc.subjectSurface water-
dc.titleAbundance of plastic microbeads in Hong Kong coastal water-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailSo, WK: mandyswk@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChan, KY: kca2@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailNot, CA: cnot@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityNot, CA=rp02029-
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.05.066-
dc.identifier.pmid30041343-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85049535472-
dc.identifier.hkuros291230-
dc.identifier.volume133-
dc.identifier.spage500-
dc.identifier.epage505-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000441853600054-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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