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Plastic ingestion by Flesh-footed Shearwaters (Puffinus carneipes): Implications for fledgling body condition and the accumulation of plastic-derived chemicals

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Pollution, April 2014
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22 tweeters
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Title
Plastic ingestion by Flesh-footed Shearwaters (Puffinus carneipes): Implications for fledgling body condition and the accumulation of plastic-derived chemicals
Published in
Environmental Pollution, April 2014
DOI 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.12.020
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Authors

Jennifer L. Lavers, Alexander L. Bond, Ian Hutton

Abstract

To provide much needed quantitative data on the lethal and sublethal effects of plastic pollution on marine wildlife, we sampled breast feathers and stomach contents from Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) fledglings in eastern Australia. Birds with high levels of ingested plastic exhibited reduced body condition and increased contaminant load (p < 0.05). More than 60% of fledglings exceed international targets for plastic ingestion by seabirds, with 16% of fledglings failing these targets after a single feeding (range: 0.13-3.21 g of plastic/feeding). As top predators, seabirds are considered sentinels of the marine environment. The amount of plastic ingested and corresponding damage to Flesh-footed Shearwater fledglings is the highest reported for any marine vertebrate, suggesting the condition of the Australian marine environment is poor. These findings help explain the ongoing decline of this species and are worrying in light of increasing levels of plastic pollution in our oceans.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 4 2%
Chile 2 1%
Italy 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Unknown 181 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 41 21%
Student > Bachelor 40 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 40 21%
Researcher 22 11%
Unspecified 16 8%
Other 34 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 73 38%
Environmental Science 64 33%
Unspecified 22 11%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 10 5%
Engineering 5 3%
Other 19 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 66. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 November 2018.
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#212,864
of 12,241,646 outputs
Outputs from Environmental Pollution
#71
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Outputs of similar age
#4,290
of 223,206 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Environmental Pollution
#2
of 54 outputs
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