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Novel methods, new results and science-based solutions to tackle marine debris impacts on wildlife


Hardesty, BD and Good, TP and Wilcox, C, Novel methods, new results and science-based solutions to tackle marine debris impacts on wildlife, Ocean & Coastal Management, 115 pp. 4-9. ISSN 0964-5691 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.04.004


There is an exponentially increasing amount of human-associated litter in our oceans. This marine litter results in a wide range of potential impacts on the environment. These range from the introduction of adsorbed polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into food webs to the entanglement and subsequent mortality of threatened seabirds, fish, turtles and mammals in anthropogenic litter and derelict fishing gear. While there has been a major effort afoot to publicize these issues, there remains a paucity of data and scientific research to underpin solutions to the problems. To address knowledge gaps and to identify potential solutions, we assembled thirteen experts from around the world who are leaders in the field. Speakers present current research in three major areas: 1) integrated ecological and oceanographic models to that measure risk to wildlife and predict impact, 2) literature reviews and field studies that measure both the scope and intensity of the threat across species, and 3) analysis of wildlife indicators as regulatory standards for plastic concentration in the environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ALDFG, chemical contamination, litter, marine debris, risk analysis
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Hardesty, BD (Dr Britta Hardesty)
UTAS Author:Wilcox, C (Dr Chris Wilcox)
ID Code:118788
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:49
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-07-20
Last Modified:2017-12-06
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