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Greenland Sea Ecosystem Overview

Pressure: Marine litter

Marine litter in the Greenland Sea ecoregion originates from populated areas, fishing vessels, and neighbouring regions transported by currents.

​Ocean drift modelling indicates that buoyant microplastics will flow from European rivers to the northern part of the Greenland Sea ecoregion. Microplastic was found in all sub-surface water samples and in the gastrointestinal tracts of 25% of fish examined in Northeast Greenland. In the adjacent Faroese ecoregion, 91% of fulmars had plastic in their stomachs.​​

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Greenland Sea Ecosystem Overview

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