publication . Article . 2016

White-faced storm-petrels Pelagodroma marina predated by gulls as biological monitors of plastic pollution in the pelagic subtropical Northeast Atlantic

Ricardo Furtado; Dilia Menezes; Carolina Jardim Santos; Paulo Catry;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Country: Portugal
Marine plastic pollution is rapidly growing and is a source of major concern. Seabirds often ingest plastic debris and are increasingly used as biological monitors of plastic pollution. However, virtually no studies have assessed plastics in seabirds in the deep subtropical North Atlantic. We investigated whether remains of white-faced storm-petrels (WFSP) present in gull pellets could be used for biomonitoring. We analysed 263 pellets and 79.0% of these contained plastic debris originating in the digestive tract of WFSP. Pellets with no bird prey did not contain plastics. Most debris were fragments (83.6%) with fewer plastic pellets (8.2%). Light-coloured plast...
free text keywords: Ingestion, Plastics, Pellets, Biological monitoring, Predation, Subtropics, Debris, Biomonitoring, Pelagodroma marina, biology.organism_classification, biology, Plastic pollution, Fishery, Pelagic zone, Ecology
Funded by
FCT| UID/MAR/04292/2013
MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: 147321
  • Funding stream: 5876
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