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July , 2016
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Plastic washing ashore is major challenge to coastal environment: NIO study

Source: Herald, Date: July , 2016

Goa’s 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.

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