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Trace element concentrations in feathers from three seabird species breeding in the Timor Sea

Lavers, JL ORCID: 0000-0001-7596-6588, Humphreys-Williams, E, Crameri, NJ and Bond, AL 2019 , 'Trace element concentrations in feathers from three seabird species breeding in the Timor Sea' , Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 151 , pp. 1-6 , doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110876.

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Abstract

Mobile marine predators, such as seabirds, are frequently used as broad samplers of contaminants that are widespread in the marine environment. The Timor Sea off remote Western Australia is a poorly studied, yet rapidly expanding area of offshore development. To provide much needed data on contamination in this region, we quantified trace element concentrations in breast feathers of three seabird species breeding on Bedout Island. While adult Masked Boobies Sula dactylatra exhibited some of the highest concentrations, values for all species were below toxicology thresholds for seabirds and were comparable to those reported in other closely related species. The low concentrations detected in the birds provide a valuable baseline and suggest that the local marine environment around Bedout is in relatively good condition. However, careful monitoring is warranted in light increasing anthropogenic activity in this region.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lavers, JL and Humphreys-Williams, E and Crameri, NJ and Bond, AL
Keywords: seabird ecology, trace elements, heavy metals, Pilbara, Western Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
ISSN: 0025-326X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110876
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