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Ingested plastic and trace element concentrations in short-tailed shearwaters (Ardenna tenuirostris)

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Puskic, PS and Lavers, JL and Adams, LR and Bond, AL, Ingested plastic and trace element concentrations in short-tailed shearwaters (Ardenna tenuirostris), Marine Pollution Bulletin, 155 Article 111143. ISSN 0025-326X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111143

Abstract

Pollution of marine environments is concerning for complex trophic systems. Two anthropogenic stresses associated with marine pollution are the introduction of marine plastic and their associated chemicals (e.g., trace elements) which, when ingested, may cause harm to wildlife. Here we explore the relationship between plastic ingestion and trace element burden in the breast muscle of Short-tailed Shearwaters (Ardenna tenuirostris). We found no relationship between the amount of plastic ingested and trace element concentration in the birds' tissues. Though the mass and number of plastic items ingested by birds during 19692017 did not change significantly, trace element concentrations of some elements (Cu, Zn, As, Rb, Sr and Cd), appeared to have increased in birds sampled in 2017 compared to limited data from prior studies. We encourage policy which considers the data gleaned from this sentinel species to monitor the anthropogenic alteration of the marine environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine debris, plastic pollution, seabird ecology, trace elements, chemical pollution
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:Puskic, PS (Mr Peter Puskic)
UTAS Author:Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
UTAS Author:Adams, LR (Dr Louise Adams)
UTAS Author:Bond, AL (Dr Alexander Bond)
ID Code:138750
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2020-04-28
Last Modified:2020-12-08
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