Prevalence and socioeconomic implications of marine debris in southern Belize

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dc.contributor LaFevor, Matthew C.
dc.contributor Cherry, Julia A.
dc.contributor.advisor Steinberg, Michael K. Blanke, Jayla Michelle 2020-09-30T17:23:44Z 2020-09-30T17:23:44Z 2020
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003558
dc.identifier.other Blanke_alatus_0004M_14172
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Marine debris is a global issue with acute impacts. Here, stakeholder interviews were combined with a quantitative analysis of debris to better understand the distribution and sources of marine debris in Belize. This study focused on seven islands off the southern coast of Belize and cataloged debris present using transects along each beach. Of the 1,754 items cataloged, the majority (68.1%) were plastics. The most commonly found items were plastic water bottles, glass bottles, and Styrofoam take-out containers. Once cataloged, debris was matched to an anthropogenic source, with the majority (74.8%) of sources being recreation-related. This source-based analysis provided insight into the causes of anthropogenic pollution in southern Belize. Conversations with stakeholders highlighted the importance of mitigating solid waste pollution in the local environment, and hence the need for an improvement in Belize’s waste management system. This research can inform Belize’s policymakers as they strive to bolster their tourist-driven economy.
dc.format.extent 71 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Geography
dc.title Prevalence and socioeconomic implications of marine debris in southern Belize
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Geography Geography The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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