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Plastic ingestion by fish in the Southern Hemisphere: a baseline study and review of methods


Cannon, SME and Lavers, JL and Figueiredo, B, Plastic ingestion by fish in the Southern Hemisphere: a baseline study and review of methods, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 107, (1) pp. 286-291. ISSN 0025-326X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2016 Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.03.057


Plastic ingestion is well documented among marine birds and sea turtles but fewer studies have investigated ingestion in fish, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere. We investigated the frequency of plastic ingestion in 21 species of fish and one species of cephalopod. The overall occurrence of plastic ingestion was 0.3%. Two micro-plastic items were recovered from the gastrointestinal tract of a single Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni). Ingestion rates were similar to other studies of fish conducted in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, however comparisons across species and locations are challenging due to the lack of consistency in the identification and classification of plastic debris. In response, we propose a standardised sampling protocol based on the available literature to provide a stronger basis for comparisons among existing and future studies of plastic ingestion in fish.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine debris, plastic pollution, Southern Ocean, Antarctic toothfish, Actinopterygii, Australia, Dissostichus mawsoni, FT-IR, plastic pollution
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Cannon, SME (Miss Seon Cannon)
UTAS Author:Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
ID Code:108101
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:83
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2016-04-06
Last Modified:2018-04-11

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