Guidelines for the Monitoring and Assessment of Plastic Litter in the Ocean

Year of Publication

2019

This resource provides detailed guidance for monitoring and assessing on the distribution and
abundance of marine plastic litter and microplastics for national and regional field monitoring programmes.

Source:

Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP)

Author(s):

Peter Kershaw

Alexander Turrab, Francois Galganic

Geography:

Global

Type:

Measurement (System/Market/Tool)

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Monitoring and Evaluation

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Oceans

This resource provides detailed guidance for monitoring and assessing on the distribution and
abundance of marine plastic litter and microplastics for national and regional field monitoring programmes. The guide provides practical tools including protocols and materials for recording data. The resource is intended to drive alignment and standardization when monitoring plastic litter.

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