Macroplastic Pollution in the Lower River Sabaki, and its Surrounding Environment: Its Influx to the Indian Ocean

14 Nov 2022 Sabaki River (Galana River), Kenya, Africa Habitats | Marine

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Plastic waste in our ocean is estimated to be between 75 to 199 million tonnes of plastic and is a growing threat to the marine environment. Fish, birds, mammals, and other invertebrates are impacted negatively mainly through entanglement and ingestion. In recent years the role of rivers as a potential contributor to marine plastic pollution has been suggested. Yet, the scale of this input remains scarcely quantified.

This research, therefore, aims to address this gap by carrying out research on the river sabaki, one of Kenya's major rivers draining into the Indian Ocean. Macroplastic will be quantified, characterized, and their sources identified in the respective river; in order to understand the influence of this river on plastics fluxes to the ocean. This will guide the country on steps to take to reduce/prevent plastic pollution from entering the marine environment through rivers. And ultimately conserve both freshwater and marine biodiversity.

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