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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Global ecological, social and economic impacts of marine plastic
Author(s): Beaumont, Nicola
Aanesen, Margrethe
Austen, Melanie
Börger, Tobias
Clark, James
Cole, Matthew
Hooper, Tara
Lindeque, Penelope
Pascoe, Christine
Wyles, Kayleigh
Keywords: Plastic waste
Ecosystem service
Financial costs
Issue Date: May-2019
Citation: Beaumont N, Aanesen M, Austen M, Börger T, Clark J, Cole M, Hooper T, Lindeque P, Pascoe C & Wyles K (2019) Global ecological, social and economic impacts of marine plastic. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 142, pp. 189-195.
Abstract: This research takes a holistic approach to considering the consequences of marine plastic pollution. A semi-systematic literature review of 1191 data points provides the basis to determine the global ecological, social and economic impacts. An ecosystem impact analysis demonstrates that there is global evidence of impact with medium to high frequency on all subjects, with a medium to high degree of irreversibility. A novel translation of these ecological impacts into ecosystem service impacts provides evidence that all ecosystem services are impacted to some extent by the presence of marine plastic, with a reduction in provision predicted for all except one. This reduction in ecosystem service provision is evidenced to have implications for human health and wellbeing, linked particularly to fisheries, heritage and charismatic species, and recreation.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.03.022
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