Jan 18, 2017.
International Pellet Watch is still going on and active. In 2015 and 2016, we have been receiving many pellet samples from various locations in the world and have been analyzing them, though we were lazy with reporting the results and releasing them through this blog. In 2017, we will be more actively releasing the analytical results. We got progress with publications of the analytical results such as case studies in Vietnam, Brazil and Australia as follows.
Temporal and spatial changes in persistent organic pollutants in Vietnamese coastal waters detected from plastic resin pellets. by Dung Quang Le, Hideshige Takada, Rei Yamashita, Kaoruko Mizukawa, Junki Hosoda, Dao Anh Tuyet, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 109(1), 320-324, 2016.
Spatial variability in persistent organic pollutants and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons found in beach-stranded pellets along the coast of the state of Sao Paulo, southeastern Brazil. Satie Taniguchi, Fernanda I. Colabuono, Patrick S. Dias, Renato Oliveira, Mara Fisner, Alexander Turra, Gabriel M. Izar, Denis M.S. Abessa, Mahua Saha, Junki Hosoda, Rei Yamashita, Hideshige Takada, Rafael A. Lourenco, Caio A. Magalhaes, Marcia C. Bicego, Rosalinda C. Montone, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 106 (1-2), 87-94,2016.
POPs monitoring in Australia and New Zealand using plastic resin pellets, and International Pellet Watch as a tool for education and raising public awareness on plastic debris and POPs. Bee Geok Yeo, Hideshige Takada, Heidi Taylor, Maki Ito, Junki Hosoda, Mayumi Allinson, Sharnie Connell, Laura Greaves, John McGrath, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 101 (1), 137-145, 2015.