Shore litter along sandy beaches of the Gulf of Oman

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Abstract

Beach debris abundance and weight were estimated from surveys on 11 beaches of the Gulf of Oman along the Omani coast. Debris were collected on two occasions from 100 m transects, sorted and categorized by origin and type. Overall contaminations ranged from 0.43 to 6.01 items m-1 of beach front on different beaches with a mean value of 1.79±1.04 gm-1 (95% C.I). In terms of weight, contamination levels ranged from 7.8 to 75.44 gm-1 of beach front with a mean contamination of 27.02±14.48 gm-1 (95% C.I). In terms of numbers of items, plastic debris ranked first on all beaches followed by either wood items or other organic materials such as cigarette butts. Industrial debris remained few on all beaches (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-777
Number of pages8
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume49
Issue number9-10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004

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Keywords

  • Beaches
  • Debris
  • Fishing
  • Litter
  • Oman
  • Plastic
  • Pollution monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Oceanography
  • Pollution

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