Drifting plastic debris as a potential vector for dispersing Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) species

Authors

  • Mercedes Masó Institut de Ciències del Mar CMIMA-CSIC, Barcelona
  • Esther Garcés Institut de Ciències del Mar CMIMA-CSIC, Barcelona
  • Francesc Pagès Institut de Ciències del Mar CMIMA-CSIC, Barcelona
  • Jordi Camp Institut de Ciències del Mar CMIMA-CSIC, Barcelona

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2003.67n1107

Keywords:

dinoflagellates, Alexandrium, temporary cyst, HAB, plastic debris, Mediterranean

Abstract


Macroscopic observations of floating plastic debris collected at several places along the Catalan coast (northwestern Mediterranean) showed conspicuous green-yellow patches adhered to them. The microscopic examination of these patches showed that they were constituted mainly of benthic diatoms and small flagellates (<20 ?m). Potential harmful dinoflagellates such as Ostreopsis sp. and Coolia sp., resting cysts of unidentified dinoflagellates and both temporary cysts and vegetative cells of Alexandrium taylori were also found. Plastic debris is considered to be one of the most serious problems affecting the marine environment. We suggest drifting plastic debris as a potential vector for microalgae dispersal.

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Published

2003-03-30

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Masó M, Garcés E, Pagès F, Camp J. Drifting plastic debris as a potential vector for dispersing Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) species. scimar [Internet]. 2003Mar.30 [cited 2021Apr.22];67(1):107-11. Available from: http://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/459

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