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Minimal meso-plastics detected in Australian coastal reef fish


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Puskic, PS ORCID: 0000-0003-1352-8843 and Coghlan, AR 2021 , 'Minimal meso-plastics detected in Australian coastal reef fish' , Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 173, no. Part A , pp. 1-7 , doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.113074.

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Recording plastic ingestion across various species and spatial scales is key to elucidating the impact of plastic pollution on coastal and marine ecosystems. The effect of plastic ingestion on the diets, physiologies, and behaviors of selected fish species are well documented under laboratory settings. However, prevalence of plastic ingestion in wild fish across latitudinal gradients is yet to be widely documented; with a substantial lack of research in the Southern Hemisphere. We analyzed the gut content of reef fish across ~30o latitude of the east coast of Australia. Of 876 fish examined from 140 species (83 genera and 37 families), 12 individuals had visible (meso-plastics detectable to the naked eye) plastics present in the gut. Here, we present a first-look at plastic ingestion for coastal species with this region.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Puskic, PS and Coghlan, AR
Keywords: plastic pollution, diet, baseline, ingestion, coastal litter, fish
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
ISSN: 0025-326X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.113074
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