Microplastic in sea off Malabar coast; Keralite researcher's study gets recognition
Kannur: A study was conducted by a Keralite researcher on the presence of microplastic in the sea off Malabar coast. Thalassery Palayadu native Dr Anu Pavithran conducted the study. She published the finding in the Journal of Sea Research - Elsevier.
Microplastics like Polypropylene, Polybutadiene, Polyamide and Polyethylene were detected at coastal sea from Kozhikode to Kannur. The presence of microplastic in coastal sea was detected in a research held at the lab of Dr Karthik Shankar of the Indian Institute of Science as part of the Worldwide Fund for Nature.
Polybutadiene was found from the sea near Muzhappilangadu drive-in beach. The study pointed out that Polybutadiene polymers which are used in tyre manufacturing could have reached sea waters from the tyre of the vehicles coming to the beach.
Polypropylene reaches the sea from the fishing nets and plastic ropes used by the fisherfolk. The abandoned nets and ropes and anti-fouling paint on boats are the source of this polymer, it has been found.
Microplastics are harmful for the fish and other marine environment. Huge amount of plastic waste reaches the sea from the urban areas in Kerala. Microplastic are carried through river water also.
Dr Anu Pavithran obtained doctorate in Marine Biology from Cochin University of Science and Technology. She is daughter of Thalassery native V Pavithran and E V Jeeja. Anu is married to M Soyeesh.