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Plastic ingestion by planktivorous fishes in the North Pacific Central Gyre.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21067782     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
A significant amount of marine debris has accumulated in the North Pacific Central Gyre (NPCG). The effects on larger marine organisms have been documented through cases of entanglement and ingestion; however, little is known about the effects on lower trophic level marine organisms. This study is the first to document ingestion and quantify the amount of plastic found in the gut of common planktivorous fish in the NPCG. From February 11 to 14, 2008, 11 neuston samples were collected by manta trawl in the NPCG. Plastic from each trawl and fish stomach was counted and weighed and categorized by type, size class and color. Approximately 35% of the fish studied had ingested plastic, averaging 2.1 pieces per fish. Additional studies are needed to determine the residence time of ingested plastics and their effects on fish health and the food chain implications.
Authors:
Christiana M Boerger; Gwendolyn L Lattin; Shelly L Moore; Charles J Moore
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-11-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  60     ISSN:  1879-3363     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-24     Completed Date:  2011-01-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2275-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Algalita Marine Research Foundation, 148 N. Marina Drive, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA. psari2@aol.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Diet
Environmental Monitoring
Fishes*
Food Chain
Gastrointestinal Contents / chemistry
Pacific Ocean
Plankton
Plastics / analysis*
Stomach / chemistry
Water Movements
Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plastics; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical

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