Sedimentary microplastic concentrations from the Romanian Danube River to the Black Sea

Iulian Pojar, Adrian Stanica, Friederike Stock, Christian Kochleus, Michael Schultz, Chris Bradley

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A multitude of recent studies have detailed microplastic concentrations in aquatic and terrestrial environments, although questions remain over their ultimate fate. At present, few studies have detailed microplastic characteristics and abundance along a freshwater–marine interface, and considerable uncertainties remain over the modelled contribution of terrestrial and riverine microplastic to the world’s oceans. In this article, for the first time, we detail sedimentary microplastic concentrations along a River–Sea transect from the lower reaches of a major continental river, the River Danube, through the Danube Delta, the Black Sea coast to the Romanian and Bulgarian inner shelf of the Black Sea. Our results indicate that isolated areas of the Danube Delta are still relatively pristine, with few microplastic particles in some of the sediments sampled.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2000
Number of pages9
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2021

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Funding Information:
This study was financially supported by EC H2020 Grant No. 739562 – DANUBIUS PP and Romanian Ministry of Education and Research projects: PNCDI III-C1 DANUBIUS, Grant No. 4/07.05.2018 – DANS, PNCDI III, Grant No. 8PFE/2018 – FLUVIMAR and National Core Programme projects for Danube River, Danube Delta, coastal zone and Black Sea shelf – Grants No. PN16/45, PN18/16 and PN19/20. We thank Cornel Pop (NIRD GeoEcoMar) for support in designing the maps and Georg Dierkes (German Federal Institute of Hydrology) for pyro-GC-MS analysis.

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