|Tracking marine pollution|In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075, more
Marine pollution; Plastic debris; Marine
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- Elliott, J.E.
- Elliott, K.H.
Seabird monitoring studies are providing a global picture of an increasing range of marine pollutants. Visiting a beach almost anywhere and you will see plastic waste floating in the water and heaped above the tide lines. That debris is both a source and an overt signal of the even more pervasive contamination of marine biota by persistent chemicals. Present at ultra-trace levels but often highly toxic, chemical pollutants can be challenging to measure and understand. As the most problematic compounds biomagnify in food chains, sampling of marine top predators yields a global picture of ocean pollution.