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Beach litter deposition at a selection of beaches in the Firth of Forth, Scotland.

Storrier, K L, McGlashan, D J, Bonellie, Sandra and Velander, Kathy (2007) Beach litter deposition at a selection of beaches in the Firth of Forth, Scotland. Journal of Coastal Research, 23 (4). pp. 813-822. ISSN 15515036

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Beach litter deposition at a selection of beaches in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, was studied between July 2001 and December 2003. The amount and types of beach litter is relatively consistent among beaches and over time, with an increased abundance of certain litter types at irregular intervals. Plastic is the most common litter type recorded. The amount of litter items per square metre is affected by Local Authority beach cleaning, community beach cleanings, and the presence of sewerage structures and takeaway facilities. Litter from fishing and shipping was relatively low compared with litter from recreation and sewage-related debris. It is likely that climatic conditions and tidal patterns are the greatest influence on the abundance of beach litter. Management actions are required to effect a reduction in beach litter. A combination of education, provision of adequate waste reception facilities, and enforcement of legislation is needed to tackle beach litter.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 15515036
Uncontrolled Keywords: Integrated coastal zone management; ICZM; Beach management plans; Beaches; Litter; Plastic;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology > 551 Geology, hydrology & meteorology > 551.45 Planes and Coasts > 551.457 Coasts & Beaches
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 363 Other social problems & services > 363.7 Environmental pollution > 363.73 Pollution
Library of Congress Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Item ID: 1716
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2008 16:24
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2013 13:55
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/1716

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