Data on macro(micro)plastics and hydrophobic organic contaminants in the Gulf of Guinea coastal psammitic beaches
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Fred-Ahmadu, O. H.
Ayejuyo, O. O.
The ubiquity of microplastics in coastal environments and marine ecosystems is a significant concern because they have a strong affinity for organic contaminants. This pa- per presents the first reported data on hydrophobic or- ganic contaminants (HOCs) and microplastics particles (MPs, 1–5 mm) in lagoon and beach sediments along the Gulf of Guinea coastline (SE Atlantic). Sampling was carried out between August and November 2019. Ten sites were designated for each location, and sediment samples were taken along three transects: high waterline, drift waterline, and current waterline. Sediment samples were extracted through density floatation procedure and sieving. Primary data on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlori- nated biphenyls (PCBs), and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) associated with MPs are provided, as well as detailed in- formation on sampling coordinates, plastic types, and their relative abundance. Refer to the research publication “Mi- croplastics and associated organic pollutants in beach sedi- ments from the Gulf of Guinea (SE Atlantic) coastal ecosys- tems”(Fred-Ahmadu et al., 2022) for detailed discussion and interpretation of the reported data.
Microplastics , Hydrophobic organic contaminants , Sediments , Contamination , Gulf of Guinea , Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES
N.U. Benson, O.H. Fred-Ahmadu and O.O. Ayejuyo / Data in Brief 45 (2022). Data on macro(micro)plastics and hydrophobic organic contaminants in the Gulf of Guinea coastal psammitic beaches