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Survival and movements of Magellanic penguins rehabilitated from oil fouling along the coast of South America, 2000-2010


Ruoppolo, V and Vanstreels, RET and Woehler, EJ and Heredia, SAR and Adornes, AC and da Silva-Filho, RP and Matus, R and Poleschi, C and Griot, K and Kolesnikovas, CKM and Serafini, P, Survival and movements of Magellanic penguins rehabilitated from oil fouling along the coast of South America, 2000-2010, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64, (7) pp. 1309-1317. ISSN 0025-326X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.11.009


Oil pollution is a significant conservation concern. We examined data from six institutions along the coast of South America: Emergency Relief Team of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Fundación Mundo Marino, Centro de Recuperação de Animais Marinhos, Natura Patagonia, Associação R3 Animal, and Mar del Plata Aquarium and data from resightings in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Falkland/Malvinas Islands. From 2000 to 2010, 2183 oiled Magellanic penguins were rehabilitated as part of the routine activities of these institutions or during emergency responses to eight oil spills in which they were involved; all rehabilitated penguins were flipper banded and released. Since their release, 41 penguins were resighted until 31 December 2011. The results demonstrate that, when combined with other prevention strategies, the rehabilitation of Magellanic penguins is a strategy that contributes to the mitigation of adverse effects of oil spills and chronic pollution to the species.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:band return, emergency response, hydrocarbons, rehabilitation, South America, Spheniscus magellanicus
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Animal behaviour
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Woehler, EJ (Dr Eric Woehler)
ID Code:82007
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2013-01-14
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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