Marine Debris: Sources, Impacts, and Solutions / Edition 1

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Marine debris is a global pollution problem affecting marine life, maritime commerce and environmental quality. Scientists, policymakers and the public must be knowledgeable about the source, impact and control efforts if effective solutions are to be developed. Marine Debris addresses the origin of persistent solid waste in the ocean, from urban and rural discharges to waste from ships and the recreational use of oceans. The book identifies key issues from biological, technological, economic and legal perspectives, and gives a framework for controlling each of the main sources of marine debris.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387947594
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Environmental Management Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 10.21 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Preface
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
1 Debris in the Mediterranean Sea: Types, Quantities, and Behavior 7
2 Distribution of Floating Debris in the North Pacific Ocean: Sighting Surveys 1986-1991 15
3 Marine Debris in the Caribbean Region 25
4 Distribution, Type, Accumulation, and Source of Marine Debris in the United States, 1989-1993 35
5 Pelagic Plastics and Other Seaborne Persistent Synthetic Debris: A Review of Southern Hemisphere Perspectives 49
6 The Highest Global Concentrations and Increased Abundance of Oceanic Plastic Debris in the North Pacific: Evidence from Seabirds 71
7 Encrusters, Epibionts, and Other Biota Associated with Pelagic Plastics: A Review of Biogeographical, Environmental, and Conservation Issues 81
8 Impacts of Marine Debris: Entanglement of Marine Life in Marine Debris Including a Comprehensive List of Species with Entanglement and Ingestion Records 99
9 Ghost-Fishing Gear: Have Fishing Practices During the Past Few Years Reduced the Impact? 141
10 A Socioeconomic Theory for Controlling Marine Debris: Is Moral Suasion a Reliable Policy Tool? 161
11 Marine Debris: Benefits, Costs, and Choices 171
12 The Economic Value of Controlling Marine Debris 187
13 A Comprehensive Waste Management Model for Marine Debris 203
14 Shipping and Marine Debris in the Wider Caribbean: Answering a Difficult Challenge 219
15 The Challenges of Ship-Generated Garbage in the Caribbean 229
16 MARPOL Annex V, Commercial Ships, and Port Reception Facilities: Making It Work 239
17 Comparison of MARPOL Annex V Port Reception Facilities for Garbage in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the United Kingdom 245
18 Waste Disposal Practices of Fishing Vessels: Canada's East Coast, 1990-1991 253
19 Dealing with Ship-Generated Plastics Waste on U.S. Navy Surface Ships 263
20 Recreational Boaters and Marine Debris: How We Can Effectively Reduce Littering 271
21 A Strategy to Reduce, Control, and Minimize Vessel-Source Marine Debris 277
22 Legal Regulation of Upland Discharges of Marine Debris: From Local to Global Controls and Back 293
23 Comparison of the Results of Two EPA Marine Debris Studies 307
24 New York and New Jersey Beaches: "It Was a Very Good Year" 327
25 Sources of Plastic Pellets in the Aquatic Environment 335
26 Implementation and Assessment of a Floatables Action Plan for the New York-New Jersey Harbor Complex 345
27 The Control of Floating Debris in an Urban River 351
28 Linkages Between Land-Based Sources of Pollution and Marine Debris 359
29 Upland Sources of Marine Debris on the Shorelines of Puerto Rico 367
30 Land-Based Sources of Marine Debris and Contamination of the Coastal Areas of the Caribbean Islands of St. Lucia, Dominica, and the British Virgin Islands 371
31 Strategies to Reduce, Control, and Minimize Land-Source Marine Debris 381
Literature Cited 391
Index 415
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