Scientific Criteria for the Selection of Waste Disposal Sites at Sea

  • 1982 #16 (56p.)
  • Author(s): GESAMP
  • Publisher(s): IMCO
  • Journal Series Reports and Studies

Reports and Studies No. 16

The main concern with waste disposal at sea arises from possible adverse effects on living resources. Effects on human uses are chiefly associated with the accumulation of substances by marine organisms, tainting of sea food, interference with fishing and reduction of amenities by discoloration, turbidity and floating materials. The wastes of greatest concern are therefore those which are toxic (particularly at low concentrations), accumulate in organisms, reach the sea in large amounts, and persist there for long periods.


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