15011: Benchmarking the Accumulation of Microplastics Off South-Western Australia

    This project will benchmark the marine accumulation of microplastics including primary (resin beads, nurdles) and secondary (weathered fabricated material) particles, on the south and west coasts of south-western Australia. It will form the basis for designing a long-term monitoring program in the region.

    The project intersects with existing seabird monitoring projects on the south and west coasts that have included the preliminary sampling of plastics exposure in relation to foraging ecology.

    Investment: $ 32 458
    In-kind contribution: $ 30 025
    Delivery organisation: Conservation Council of WA
    Project duration: July 2016 - April 2017
    Location: Southern and lower western coastline of WA with focal species work at Lancelin Island and Shelter Islands Nature Reserves

    Project partners

    CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric, University of Western Australia (Albany Campus), Northern Agricultural Catchment Council (NACC), South Coast (NRM) with support from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Fisheries.

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