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Identifying the Source of Marine Debris
Analysis of beach rubbish from 2007-2013 found that marine debris makes up an average of 50-60 per cent of all rubbish found on Kangaroo Island’s beaches.

Results confirmed that there are higher quantities of marine debris on south coast beaches, particularly Vivonne, Windmill and Flour Cask Bays, which act as sinks for marine debris drifting in from the southeast.

Barcodes from bottles and food wrappers were recorded and used to identify the exact source of rubbish items. As might be expected, the majority of rubbish collected originated from Australia (80 per cent), while 8 per cent of items came from Asia, 5 per cent from Europe and 3 per cent from the Americas.


 
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