Global ecological, social and economic impacts of marine plastic

Beaumont, NJ, Aanesen, M, Austen, MC, Börger, T, Clark, JR, Cole, MJ, Hooper, TL, Lindeque, PK, Pascoe, CK and Wyles, KJ 2019 Global ecological, social and economic impacts of marine plastic. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 142. 189-195.

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This research takes a holistic approach to considering the consequences of marine plastic pollution. A semi-systematic literature review of 1191 data points provides the basis to determine the global ecological, social and economic impacts. An ecosystem impact analysis demonstrates that there is global evidence of impact with medium to high frequency on all subjects, with a medium to high degree of irreversibility. A novel translation of these ecological impacts into ecosystem service impacts provides evidence that all ecosystem services are impacted to some extent by the presence of marine plastic, with a reduction in provision predicted for all except one. This reduction in ecosystem service provision is evidenced to have implications for human health and wellbeing, linked particularly to fisheries, heritage and charismatic species, and recreation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Ecology and Biodiversity
Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine System Modelling
Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Sea and Society
Depositing User: Kim Hockley
Date made live: 29 Mar 2019 07:32
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2020 10:00

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