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Ingestion of marine debris by wedge-tailed shearwaters (Ardenna pacifica) on Lord Howe Island, Australia during 20052018


Lavers, JL and Hutton, I and Bond, AL, Ingestion of marine debris by wedge-tailed shearwaters (Ardenna pacifica) on Lord Howe Island, Australia during 2005-2018, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 133 pp. 616-621. ISSN 0025-326X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.06.023


Annual rates of plastic production have been increasing rapidly since the 1950s. Inadequate or improper disposal of plastic products has contributed to a significant increase in plastic debris in the world's oceans and a corresponding increase in the number of species negatively affected by this debris. Here we investigate trends in the type, amount, and colour of ingested plastic over time, and determine whether ingested plastic contributes to reduced health of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters (Ardenna pacifica) on Lord Howe Island, Australia. The results show no clear influence of ingested plastic on body condition, while trends in the prevalence, number, and mass of plastic items ingested per bird during 2005 and 20132018 were more variable. There was some evidence adult birds are selecting plastic by colour. Future monitoring of this pan-tropical seabird would provide a unique opportunity to gather data from multiple sites, concurrently.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine debris, plastic pollution, seabird ecology, long-term trend, plastic ingestion, plastic pollution, Tasman Sea, wedge-tailed shearwater
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:Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
ID Code:126622
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2018-06-20
Last Modified:2018-11-15

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