A new paper published in Nature's Scientific Reports with the support of the JPI Oceans BASEMAN project adds further evidence that microplastic abundance in the Mediterranean is among the highest in the world.
The project on ecotoxicological impacts of microplastics on marine organisms outlined its activities at a conference which was held in the framework of the Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas.
The pilot action Ecological Aspects of Microplastics was proposed by Germany in the Management Board of February 2013. In an iterative process scientific experts together with the members of the Management Board (MB) have defined the scope of this pilot action as comprising methods, monitoring and effects of microplastics. Following a bibliometric study, foresight exercise and methods workshop, ten member countries published a joint call in 2015 of 7.7 million Euro. Four projects were selected for funding from January 2016 for a three year period.
The JPI Oceans microplastics projects agree on greater cooperation and coordination across the four projects at their joint kick-off meeting at the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in Madrid.