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Distribution of Macro Debris at Pangandaran Beach, Indonesia

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This research was to assest of marine debris in Pangandaran beach. Marine debris sampled from 2016 and 2017 around west Pangandaran using Ocean Conservancy (OC) form to find information about distribution, abundance, and types. The result is debris on the West coast of Pangandaran is originally comes from settlements, tourists, traders, and fishermen. The highest accumulation of marine debris happened in October with total weight 44.385 kilos, while the lowest accumulation happened in May with total weight 38 kilos. this is due to Citumang River had overflowed due to heavy rain and then was swept away along the coastline and piled up an area near the bay in October. In May and August the debris which most find is cigarette with the percentage 28% in May and 35% in August. While in October the debris which most find is a plastic bag with percentage 33%. From six types of debris, the dominant debris per types as follows: Most likely to find items is cigarette butts, Fishing gear is rope, Packaging material is other plastic/foam packaging, Personal hygiene is diapers, Other trash is cigarettes lighters, and Tiny trash less than 2.5 cm is foam pieces. The specific debris at Pangandaran beach is the fisheries tools like a rope and net, the rope embedded in the ground and make it hard to take out. One of the factor the large number of debris in Pangandaran is tourism activity and fisheries activity. In addition, the study indicates that there is a strong relationship between human activities and spreading of debris.
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  • Marine Research Laboratory (MEAL), Universitas Padjadjaran, Jatinangor 45363, West Java, Indonesia
  • Fisheries and Management Technology Laboratory, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jatinangor 45363, West Java, Indonesia
  • Fisheries and Management Technology Laboratory, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jatinangor 45363, West Java, Indonesia
  • Fisheries and Management Technology Laboratory, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jatinangor 45363, West Java, Indonesia
  • Marine Research Laboratory (MEAL), Universitas Padjadjaran, Jatinangor 45363, West Java, Indonesia
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