DOI: 10.14466/CefasDataHub.64

CLiP Vanuatu Marine Litter Abundance and Composition


This dataset contains 3 csv files. One file contains data on marine litter abundance and composition expressed in number of items per category. One file contains location names and GPS coordinates in decimal degrees. One file contains metadata collected during the clean-ups. A READ-ME text file contains description of columns content for the three csv files. Marine litter items were collected during beach clean-ups in the Efate Island (Vanuatu) between November 2018 and February 2019. Category list was obtain merging OSPAR and Tangaroa Blue protocols with the addition of region-specific items. The dataset includes metadata collected during the clean-ups. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) defines marine litter as 'any persistent, manufactured or processed solid material discarded, disposed of or abandoned in the marine and coastal environment'. The data were collected on seven sandy beaches in Efate Island in Vanuatu between November 2018 and February 2019. Marine litter items were removed from a 100 m linear transects (if not otherwise stated in the comments/metadata) between the high tide line and the back of the beach. The latter was identified by change in topography and/or vegetation. The items are divided in 11 material-categories (Plastic, Rubber, Textile, Paper, Wood, Metal, Glass, Ceramic, Sanitary, Medical, Other) and 168 sub categories (specific items). The list of categories was obtained by merging protocols from OSPAR and Tangaroa Blue and was expanded with country-specific items found more frequently during initial clean-ups (the number of items for these latter categories had been annotated even before their official inclusion in the list).  The country-specific categories are marked by '*' after their name. Metadata were collected between the high tide line and the back of the beach as per OSPAR protocol. All data were collected by or under the supervision of Cefas personnel, but some trainees helped during some of the activities. GPS positions at the start and end of the transects are reported for each activity. Clean-ups undertaken on the same beach targeted the same transect with a higher accuracy than GPS instrumentation, so the GPS coordinates are the same. All items were removed from the beach and properly disposed of and recycled (where possible).


Cefas Marine Litter Team / Russell, Josie / Van Hoytema, Nanne / Desender, Marieke / Preston-Whyte, Fiona / Andrews, Barnaby / Meakins, Bryony / Maes, Thomas / Holtam, Sarah-Jane


Litter abundance and type / Marine litter

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Cefas Marine Litter Team et al. (2019) CLiP Vanuatu Marine Litter Abundance and Composition. Cefas, UK. V2. doi: