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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2022, Vol 22, Num, 7

Preliminary Study on Abundance of Microplastic in Sediments and Water Samples Along the Coast of Pakistan (Sindh and Balochistan)-Northern Arabian Sea

Quratulan Ahmed 1 ,Qadeer Mohammad Ali 1 ,Levent Bat 2 ,Aysah Öztekin 2 ,Sehrish Memon 1 ,Azizullah Baloch 1

1 University of Karachi, The Marine Reference Collection and Resources Centre, Karachi, 75270 Pakistan
2 Sinop University, Fisheries Faculty, Department of Hydrobiology, 57000 Sinop, Turkey
DOI : 10.4194/TRJFAS19998 Viewed : 2702 - Downloaded : 2609 Plastic material dominates our life and accordingly, it dominates the environment as a pollutant. Pakistan coasts are facing with plastic pollution problem like the rest of the world. The number and types of microplastics found in sea water and sediment samples from 25 locations along the Arabian Sea coast of Pakistan were explored in this study. The results of the present study show that the region is under a high pollution from microplastics. Microplastic abundance in seawater was found as mean 582.12±246.14 particle. L-1 and in sediment samples was mean 987.40±617.06 dry sediment. Microplastic concentration was maximum in Manora both seawater and sediment samples. Fibers were major contribution to total microplastics, up to 99% of all samples both seawater and sediment samples. Keywords : Microplastic Fibers Northern Arabian Sea Sediment