Origin and abundance of marine litter along sandy beaches of the Turkish Western Black Sea Coast

Topcu N. E. , Tonay A. M. , DEDE A. , ÖZTÜRK A. A. , Ozturk B.

MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, cilt.85, ss.21-28, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 85
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2012.12.006
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.21-28


Beach debris abundance was estimated from surveys on 10 beaches of the Turkish Western Black Sea Coast. Debris was collected from 20 m long transects during four different seasons; sorted and categorized by type, usage and origin. Litter density varied from 0.085 to 5.058 items m(-2). Debris was mainly composed of unidentifiable small size (2-7 cm) plastic pieces and beverage-related litter such as bottles and bottle caps. About half of the labeled litter was of foreign origin, including 25 different countries, 23% of which are in the Black Sea region.