coast is now facing a bigger threat and marine organisms are at risk as large
quantities of plastic debris wash ashore during the southwest monsoon period.
The plastic dropped accidentally from vessels during transportation by ship, is
posing a big challenge to the coastal environment. A study by National
Institute of Oceanography (NIO) scientists along six beaches of Goa concluded
that plastic debris moved in during the monsoon season from the ocean and may
lead to a major threat to marine organisms. It has ruled out the possibility of
terrestrial discharge of plastic through the rivers of Goa into the Arabian
Sea. The study called ‘Characteristics, seasonal distribution and surface
degradation features of microplastic pellets along the Goa coast’ was conducted
by group of NIO scientists including S Veerasingam, Mahua Saha, V Suneel, P
Vethamony, Andrea Carmelita Rodrigues, Sourav Bhattacharyya and B G Naik.