"The periodical monitoring performed on the selected beaches of the participating islands provided meaningful results regarding the composition and the dynamics of the marine litter during both low and high touristic seasons. For the sake of concision and clarity, only a general view of what occurs in the participating islands is presented here.
Until September of this year, a total of 78 surveys were conducted on 18 selected beaches. The results were analysed by the ICTA–UAB: a total of 98,148 items, including the “visible” microplastics (<5mm), were collected. This represents an average of about 13 items per meter of beach and per survey. In general, the marine litter is dominated by both micro- and macro-plastics debris as they represent on average 57% of the items collected. In detail, for 100 items collected, 26 are micro-plastics (<0.5cm), 21 are macro-plastics (0.5-2.5cm), 18 are cigarette butts, 10 are macro-plastics (>2.5cm), 4 are plastic caps, 2 are disposable plastic cutlery (forks, straws, etc.), 2 are cotton bud sticks, 2 are strings (diameter <1cm), 2 are sweet packets/lolly sticks and finally the remaining 13 belong to the 108 others types of items (including plastic, paper, metal wood, etc.)."
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