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Parker-Jurd, F. N. F., Smith, N. S., Gibson, L., Nuojua, S., & Thompson, R. C. (2022). Evaluating the performance of the ‘Seabin’ – A fixed point mechanical litter removal device for sheltered waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 184, 114199.

Evaluating the performance of the ‘Seabin’ : a fixed point mechanical litter removal device for sheltered waters

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Author: Parker-Jurd, Florence N.F.1; Smith, Natalie S.1; Gibson, Liam1,2;
Organizations: 1School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drakes Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
2Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, West Hoe Road, Plymouth PL1 3BJ, UK
3Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2024-10-07


Mechanical interventions are increasingly suggested as a means of removing plastic litter from aquatic environments; their performance is rarely evaluated, but such information is critical to inform policy interventions such as those required to facilitate UNEA 5.2. The Seabin, a fixed-point device designed to remove floating litter in sheltered waters was examined in an urban tidal marina (Southwest UK). It captured on average 58 litter items/day; chiefly plastic pellets, polystyrene balls and plastic fragments. It also captured one marine organism for every 3.6 items of litter, or 13 organisms/day, half of which were dead upon retrieval. The rate of litter capture was inferior to manual cleaning conducted with nets from pontoons or vessels. Hence, in this location the Seabin was of minimal benefit in terms of marine litter removal and resulted in mortality of marine organisms. The presence of such devices could also precipitate false optimism and reliance on technological solutions, rather than systemic changes in our production, use, and disposal of plastics.

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Series: Marine pollution bulletin
ISSN: 0025-326X
ISSN-E: 1879-3363
ISSN-L: 0025-326X
Volume: 184
Article number: 114199
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.114199
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1172 Environmental sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the European Union INTERREG France (Channel) England funded project ‘Preventing Plastic Pollution’ co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
Copyright information: © 2022. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license