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Plastic particle pollution: Accumulation by procellariiform seabirds at Scottish colonies
Furness, R.W. (1985). Plastic particle pollution: Accumulation by procellariiform seabirds at Scottish colonies. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 16(3): 103-106
In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Macmillan: London. ISSN 0025-326X, more
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Keywords
    Bioaccumulation; Ingestion; Marine birds; Marine pollution; Particles; Plastic debris; Plastics; Stomach content; Fulmarus glacialis (Linnaeus, 1761) [WoRMS]; Hydrobates pelagicus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Puffinus puffinus (Brünnich, 1764) [WoRMS]; British Isles, Scotland [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Furness, R.W.

Abstract
    Plastic particles were found in the gizzards of Leach's petrels, Manx shearwaters and fulmars from Scottish colonies, but were not found in 21 British storm petrels. Fulmars ingested larger particles than did Leach's petrels. The volume of plastic was equivalent to 59% of relaxed gizzard volume in most contaminated bird, but only equivocal statistical evidence for an influence of ingested plastic on body mass could be obtained.

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