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Minimal meso-plastics detected in Australian coastal reef fish


Puskic, PS and Coghlan, AR, Minimal meso-plastics detected in Australian coastal reef fish, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 173, (Part A) Article 113074. ISSN 0025-326X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.113074


Recording plastic ingestion across various species and spatial scales is key to elucidating the impact of plastic pollution on coastal and marine ecosystems. The effect of plastic ingestion on the diets, physiologies, and behaviors of selected fish species are well documented under laboratory settings. However, prevalence of plastic ingestion in wild fish across latitudinal gradients is yet to be widely documented; with a substantial lack of research in the Southern Hemisphere. We analyzed the gut content of reef fish across ~30o latitude of the east coast of Australia. Of 876 fish examined from 140 species (83 genera and 37 families), 12 individuals had visible (meso-plastics detectable to the naked eye) plastics present in the gut. Here, we present a first-look at plastic ingestion for coastal species with this region.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:plastic pollution, diet, baseline, ingestion, coastal litter, fish
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:Puskic, PS (Mr Peter Puskic)
UTAS Author:Coghlan, AR (Ms Amy Coghlan)
ID Code:147940
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2021-11-25
Last Modified:2021-12-06
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