Tourism mainly responsible for marine litter on Mediterranean beaches

Tourism mainly responsible for marine litter on Mediterranean beaches

Tourism mainly responsible for marine litter on Mediterranean beaches

Researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) warn of the impact the current tourism model in the Mediterranean islands has on the production of marine litter on beaches, and recommend taking advantage of the situation generated by the Covid19 pandemic to rethink a new more sustainable model. The research, recently published in the journal Scientific Reports, shows that the recreational use of Mediterranean island beaches during the summer is responsible for up to 80% of the marine litter accumulating on those beaches, and generates huge amounts of microplastics through the fragmentation of larger plastic items.
Tourism mainly responsible for marine litter on Mediterranean beaches