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Marine Plastic Pollution in Waters around Australia

University of Tasmania, Australia
Reisser, Julia ; Shaw, Jeremy ; Wilcox, Chris ; Hardesty, Britta Denise ; Proietti, Maira ; Thums, Michele ; Pattiaratchi, Charitha
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PLoS ONE 8(11): e80466. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080466Maintenance and Update Frequency: notPlannedStatement: MARINE PLASTICS POLLUTION IN WATERS AROUND AUSTRALIA During seven transit voyages, three consecutive 15-minute net tows were undertaken at 57 locations while the ship was travelling at a speed of 2 – 4 knots. These net tows sampled the air-sea interface, using a Neuston net or a Manta net. After each net tow, the collected material was transferred to a container filled with seawater and examined for floating plastic pieces for at least an hour by a trained observer (J.R.). Each plastic piece was counted, measured (length), photographed and classified into type (hard, soft, line, expanded polystyrene, pellet), and color. A random sample of 200 plastic pieces was selected for polymer composition analysis by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry. Sea surface plastic concentrations (Cs, pieces/km²) was estimated by dividing the number of plastic pieces found in the cod-end of each net tow by its towed area, which was estimated by multiplying net mouth width by tow length (determined from GPS data). Mean Cs was then estimated for each of the 57 net stations by averaging the Cs of its three net tows. NORTH-WEST MARINE REGION (additional data) Sea surface plastic concentrations (pieces per km^2) were calculated from samples taken at nine locations (net stations) aboard RV Solander (Trip 5866 - September, 2013). 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Users of this data should cite both datasets as follows:Reisser, Julia; Shaw, Jeremy; Wilcox, Chris; Hardesty, Britta; Proietti, Maira; Thums, Michele; Pattiaratchi, Charitha (2014): Data from 'Marine Plastic Pollution in Waters around Australia: Characteristics, Concentrations, and Pathways'. figshare. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.865018.v3Reisser, Julia; Hajbane, Sara; Rogers, Steve; Shaw, Jeremy; Charitha Pattiaratchi (2013): Plastic Debris in the North-west Marine Region, Australia. figshare. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.818765.v4&rft_rights=***Please also cite the accompanying publication when using this data***Reisser J, Shaw J, Wilcox C, Hardesty BD, Proietti M, Thums M, et al. (2013) Marine Plastic Pollution in Waters around Australia: Characteristics, Concentrations, and Pathways. 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The data described in this record represents the aggregation of two datasets with shared authorship and methodology. Users of this data should cite both datasets as follows:Reisser, Julia; Shaw, Jeremy; Wilcox, Chris; Hardesty, Britta; Proietti, Maira; Thums, Michele; Pattiaratchi, Charitha (2014): Data from 'Marine Plastic Pollution in Waters around Australia: Characteristics, Concentrations, and Pathways'. figshare. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.865018.v3Reisser, Julia; Hajbane, Sara; Rogers, Steve; Shaw, Jeremy; Charitha Pattiaratchi (2013): Plastic Debris in the North-west Marine Region, Australia. figshare. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.818765.v4

***Please also cite the accompanying publication when using this data***Reisser J, Shaw J, Wilcox C, Hardesty BD, Proietti M, Thums M, et al. (2013) Marine Plastic Pollution in Waters around Australia: Characteristics, Concentrations, and Pathways. PLoS ONE 8(11): e80466. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0080466

The data described in this record are the intellectual property of the University of Western Australia (UWA) and CSIRO.

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Brief description

This data describes the characterisation and estimated concentration of marine plastics in waters around Australia from surface net tows. The marine plastics recorded were predominantly small fragments (‘‘microplastics’’) resulting from the breakdown of larger objects made of polyethylene and polypropylene (e.g. packaging and fishing items).

This data accompanies the following publication:
Reisser J, Shaw J, Wilcox C, Hardesty BD, Proietti M, et al. (2013) Marine Plastic Pollution in Waters around Australia: Characteristics, Concentrations, and Pathways. PLoS ONE 8(11): e80466. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080466

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Maintenance and Update Frequency: notPlanned
Statement: MARINE PLASTICS POLLUTION IN WATERS AROUND AUSTRALIA
During seven transit voyages, three consecutive 15-minute net tows were undertaken at 57 locations while the ship was travelling at a speed of 2 – 4 knots. These net tows sampled the air-sea interface, using a Neuston net or a Manta net. After each net tow, the collected material was transferred to a container filled with seawater and examined for floating plastic pieces for at least an hour by a trained observer (J.R.). Each plastic piece was counted, measured (length), photographed and classified into type (hard, soft, line, expanded polystyrene, pellet), and color. A random sample of 200 plastic pieces was selected for polymer composition analysis by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry.

Sea surface plastic concentrations (Cs, pieces/km²) was estimated by dividing the number of plastic pieces found in the cod-end of each net tow by its towed area, which was estimated by multiplying net mouth width by tow length (determined from GPS data). Mean Cs was then estimated for each of the 57 net stations by averaging the Cs of its three net tows.

NORTH-WEST MARINE REGION (additional data)
Sea surface plastic concentrations (pieces per km^2) were calculated from samples taken at nine locations (net stations) aboard RV Solander (Trip 5866 - September, 2013). Methods as above.

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The University of Western Australia (UWA)
Credit
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIRO)
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Australian Marine National Facility
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Austral Fisheries
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Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
Credit
Shell Social Investment Program (BDH and CW)

Data time period: 2013-09-02 to 2013-09-08

Data time period: 2011-06-10 to 2012-08-25

This dataset is part of a larger collection

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Other Information
(DATA ACCESS collection 1 [Australia-wide] - via figshare)

doi : https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.865018.v3

(DATA ACCESS collection 2 [additional data for north-west Marine Region] - via figshare)

doi : https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.818765.v4

(SUPPLEMENTARY DATA ACCESS - information related to the types of marine plastics collected during the study [direct download])

uri : https://ndownloader.figshare.com/files/3124901

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