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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.


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.


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.

A sea of plastics

Each year 8 million tons of plastics are thrown into the world's oceans. The smallest, called microplastics, are absorbed by marine organisms. But nobody knows what consequences plastics have for environmental health and also for human health. A team from the University of Vigo coordinates the European project Ephemare, with scientists and institutions from 10 different countries, which seek an answer to this question.


RepescaPlas: plastics recovered from the sea

By Sara López Ibáñez

Nowadays, marine ecosystems are under a huge pressure performed by human beings from all over the world. Some of the first causes that are making the degradation and even the disappearance of the habitats happen are, mainly, acts like overfishing, the amount of greenhouse gases, emissions or the excessive generation of aguas residuales, o la generación desmesurada de wastes that end in the sea (80% from land activities).


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