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Ingested plastic as a route for trace metals in Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) and Bonin petrel (Pterodroma hypoleuca) from Midway Atoll

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Lavers, JL and Bond, AL, Ingested plastic as a route for trace metals in Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) and Bonin petrel (Pterodroma hypoleuca) from Midway Atoll, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 110, (1) pp. 493-500. ISSN 0025-326X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.06.001

Abstract

Seabirds are declining faster than any other group of birds, with plastic ingestion and associated contaminants linked to negative impacts on marine wildlife, including >170 seabird species. To provide quantitative data on the effects of plastic pollution, we sampled feathers and stomach contents from Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) and Bonin Petrel (Pterodroma hypoleuca) on Midway Atoll, North Pacific Ocean, and assessed our ability to detect change over time by synthesizing previous studies. Between 25 and 100% of fledglings exceed international targets for plastic ingestion by seabirds. High levels of ingested plastic were correlated with increased concentrations of chlorine, iron, lead, manganese, and rubidium in feathers. The frequency of plastic ingestion by Laysan Albatross and concentration of some elements in both species is increasing, suggesting deterioration in the health of the marine environment. Variability in the frequency of plastic ingestion by Laysan Albatross may limit their utility as an indicator species.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:plastic pollution, marine debris, trace metals, North Pacific Gyre
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
ID Code:109545
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Centre for Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2016-06-22
Last Modified:2017-11-08
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