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The faecal sink that drowns Praia América and the outfall of the Miñor river

New article published in the gallician press, where it mentions some data obtained by Prof. Ricardo Beiras and his team on the environmental situation of the outfall of the Miñor river, which are already reflected in a report disclosed in another previous post of this same blog.

According to Prof. Beiras, the inadequacy of treatment of water sewage turned this space into an outdoor sewer.

 

Link to article (in gallician language)

 

New publication: the Pixelar Index a tool to gonadal maturity analysis in sea urchins

Pixelar index: a new quantitative approach for the assessment of reproductive condition in the purple sea urchin, Paracentrotus lividus, by image analysis

Publication date: 20 December 2019

Source: Aquaculture International

Author(s): Leonardo Mantilla-Aldana, Pedro Campoy-López, Estefanía Pereira-Pinto & Ricardo Beiras

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Interview with Ricardo Beiras on the radio show "La Brújula de Galicia" at Onda Cero Radio

The interview dealt with the effects of microplastics in the marine environment and some of the conclusions obtained in the European EPHEMARE project, coordinated by the ECOTOX group and recently completed. The interview (in Gallician language), which starts at 5'20'' from the beginning of the broadcast and ends at 19'55'' (it is in Galician).

Endocrine disruption by plastic additives in sea urchin, Paracentrotus lividus

On 10/01/2019, Pedro Campoy, a predoctoral Researcher at the Coastal Ecology Group (EcoCost, CIM-UVigo), presented the lecture Endocrine disruption by plastic additives in sea urchin, Paracentrotus lividus“ at the “Café con Sal” conference cycle.

Sampling of marine litter in the port of Marín (Galicia, Spain)

Sampling of marine litter in the port of Marín (Galicia, Spain) conducted on August 21, 2019 by the ECOTOX Group, of the University of Vigo, in collaboration with the fishermen's guild of Marín and the Association Vertidos Cero.

The mouth of the Miñor river, an outdoor sewer

The mouth of the Miñor river, a jewel of nature included in the Natura network, has become for years an outdoor sewer that prevents the commercialization of local seafoods, due to very high levels of faecal bacteria, well above accepted threshold by Spanish and European legislation. The study commissioned by the Salvemos Monteferro Association, with the logistical support of the Fishermen's Guild of Baiona and the financing of the Baiona Town Hall, puts figures at this scandal.

In little more than 30 years there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish

News published in the newspaper 'La Voz de Galicia' on 05/06/2019, which echoes the Ephemare project, coordinated and led by Prof. Ricardo Beiras, from the Universidade de Vigo.

Link: https://www.lavozdegalicia.es/noticia/biodiversa/2019/06/05/impacto-poco-treinta-anos-habra-plastico-oceanos-peces/0003_201906G5E2992.htm

Plastics and the Marine Environment

Recently Professor of Universidade de Vigo and head of ECOTOX Ricardo Beiras has participated in a radio show focusing on the issue of plastics in the environment. He has pointed out that it is a global problem, since the area of accumulation is offshore, but storms can bring them to the shore line anywhere in the world.

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Micro 2018 (Radio5 - RNE)

Nowadays, the world center of research on microplastics is placed in the Canary Island (Spain) of Lanzarote, recognized as a Biosphere Reserve 25 years ago,  due to a conference organized by its Cabildo de Lanzarote. Dr. Ricardo Beiras, Professor of Ecology at the University of Vigo, is interviewed on the radio program "Españoles en la mar" on Radio5 - Spanish National Radio Station (RNE).

Why is plastic contamination so dangerous? The other side of the coin.

By Pedro Campoy López and Alexandre Martínez Schönemann.

The amount of plastic that reaches the marine environment has not stopped increasing and this fact is not new; from the 1950s until now plastic production has grown exponentially, reaching 322 million tons per year currently1 and collaterally we find the increase of plastic discharges in the sea that is estimated at 4 and 12 million tons per year2.

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