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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2016, Vol 16, Num, 1     (Pages: 213-218)

Marine Litter Quantification in the Black Sea: A Pilot Assessment

S. Moncheva 1 ,K. Stefanova 1 ,A. Krastev 1 ,A. Apostolov 1 ,L. Bat 2 ,M. Sezgin 2 ,F. Sahin 2 ,F.Timofte 3

1 Institute of Oceanology– BAS, P.O. Box 152, Varna 9000, Bulgaria
2 Sinop University, Fisheries Faculty, TR57000-Sinop, Turkey
3 National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa”, Constanța, 900581, Romania
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v16_1_22 Viewed : 2138 - Downloaded : 1567 Various programs and organizations (IMO, UNEP, IOC UNESCO, FAO) and recently the EU MSFD recognized marine litter (ML) as an issue of global threat from environmental, economic, human health and safety, and aesthetic aspect. Among the efforts to combat the problem adequate monitoring and application of harmonized methodological approaches for quantification are essential. This research presents the results of a pilot assessment of bottom ML in the Black Sea during the MISIS Project Joint Black Sea Cruise (22–31 August, 2013) along 3 transects in the NW Black Sea. The aim of the present study is a pilot quantitative assessment of bottom. Keywords : Marine litter, NW Black Sea, coastal seafloor, shelf seafloor, ROV survey