The presence of microplastics in the world's oceans and their effects on marine habitats are highly concerning. As suspension-feeders, corals are very exposed to microplastics, compromising the health of coral reef ecosystems. In this study we surveyed for the first time the presence of microplastics in Maldivian reef-building corals. Aiming to determine the influence of exposure and depth on microplastic distribution, analyses were carried out on 38 individuals belonging to three different species. 58% of the investigated colonies resulted contaminated with particles within the 25–150 μm size range. The maximum concentration was encountered in a Pocillopora verrucosa colony sampled from a shallow inner reef (8.9 particles/g of coral). No significant differences in microplastic concentration were observed between different depths, exposures, sites and species. Overall, this study confirmed microplastic presence in coral reefs of the Maldivian archipelago including foundation species.

Raguso, C., Saliu, F., Lasagni, M., Galli, P., Clemenza, M., & Montano, S. (2022). First detection of microplastics in reef-building corals from a Maldivian atoll. MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, 180(July 2022) [10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113773].

First detection of microplastics in reef-building corals from a Maldivian atoll

Raguso C.
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Saliu F.
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Lasagni M.;Galli P.;Clemenza M.;Montano S.
Ultimo
2022

Abstract

The presence of microplastics in the world's oceans and their effects on marine habitats are highly concerning. As suspension-feeders, corals are very exposed to microplastics, compromising the health of coral reef ecosystems. In this study we surveyed for the first time the presence of microplastics in Maldivian reef-building corals. Aiming to determine the influence of exposure and depth on microplastic distribution, analyses were carried out on 38 individuals belonging to three different species. 58% of the investigated colonies resulted contaminated with particles within the 25–150 μm size range. The maximum concentration was encountered in a Pocillopora verrucosa colony sampled from a shallow inner reef (8.9 particles/g of coral). No significant differences in microplastic concentration were observed between different depths, exposures, sites and species. Overall, this study confirmed microplastic presence in coral reefs of the Maldivian archipelago including foundation species.
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Atolls; Indian ocean; Maldives; Microplastics; Reef-building corals;
English
Raguso, C., Saliu, F., Lasagni, M., Galli, P., Clemenza, M., & Montano, S. (2022). First detection of microplastics in reef-building corals from a Maldivian atoll. MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, 180(July 2022) [10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113773].
Raguso, C; Saliu, F; Lasagni, M; Galli, P; Clemenza, M; Montano, S
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