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Plastic ingestion by Laysan Albatross chicks on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, in 1994 and 1995


Auman, HJ and Ludwig, JP and Giesy, JP and Colborn, C, Plastic ingestion by Laysan Albatross chicks on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, in 1994 and 1995, Albatross biology and conservation, Surrey Beatty, G Robertson and R Gales (ed), Chipping Norton, pp. 239-344. ISBN 9780949324825 (1998) [Research Book Chapter]

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Laysan Albatross chicks from Midway Atoll, North Pacific Ocean, were assessed in 1994 and 1995 for impacts of plastic ingestion. Masses and incidence of plastic in chicks were compared between birds found dead of "natural causes" and those injured by motor vehicles. Naturally killed Laysan Albatross chicks had significantly greater masses of plastic in their proventriculi and gizzards and had significantly lighter body masses and lower fat indices than injured but otherwise healthy chicks. Ingested plastic probably does not cause significant direct mortality in Laysan Albatross chicks, but likely causes physiological stress as a result of satiation and mechanical blockages.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Laysan albatross, Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean, plastic ingestion, physiological stress
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Auman, HJ (Dr Heidi Auman)
ID Code:95248
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2014-09-29
Last Modified:2014-11-11

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