Green, Sean O.; Webber, Mona, K.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Life Sciences (Botany and Zoology); Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
A survey of the solid waste pollution in the Kingston Harbour mangroves, near Port Royal, Jamaica
Caribbean Marine Studies
Date of Publication
A study to determine the quantities and distribution of floating domestic solid waste in the Port Royal mangroves, and the source of this material. Ten sites were sampled on four occasions to determine the spatial and temporal variation of the solid waste. There was a very significant spatial variation in the distribution of solid waste; however, this was not influenced by the distance from the point sources (gullies and rivers which enter Kingston Harbour) or rainfall. The predominant waste material was plastic; non-mangrove wood was second in abundance. Generally, the solid waste seen in all categories was predominantly made up of small or medium-sized materials (0.15 m-1 m). The data indicate that the total quantities of solid waste transported into the mangroves is related to the total rainfall in the Kingston Metropolitan Area.....