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Title: Plastic ingestion and chemical pollutants present in seabirds of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain)
Authors: Navarro Molina, Alberto 
Herrera Ulibarri, Alicia 
Martínez Sánchez, Ico 
Felipe de la Rosa, J.
Pérez-Luzardo, Octavio 
Acosta Dacal, Andrea C. 
Macías Montes, Ana 
Suárez Pérez, Alejandro 
Gómez, May 
UNESCO Clasification: Materias
Keywords: Seabirds
Waterbirds
Plastic ingestion
Canary Islands
Organic pollutants
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Servicio de Publicaciones y Difusión Científica de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) 
Project: Evaluación del impacto de microplásticos y contaminantes emergentes en las costas de la Macaronesia 
Conference: II International Workshop on Marine Litter (BAMAR 2022) 
Abstract: Seabirds populations are showing a decreasing trend worldwide. Plastic pollution is one of the threats facing these species. This type of litter can affect birds directly through entanglement and ingestion, leading to injuries that can result in death. Moreover, the ability of plastics to adsorb and concentrate chemical contaminants makes them potential vehicles for the transmission of these substances to fauna. The Canary Islands are an important breeding and migration spot for several species of birds, nevertheless, studies analyzing the effect of plastics on these animals are scarce. In this work, 88 birds of 14 species were sampled. Most of the animals were marine birds, although some freshwater birds were also included. The digestive contents were studied for the presence of plastic and their livers were analyzed for the detection of chemical contaminants using a QuEChERS-based method. A high prevalence of plastic ingestion was detected in Calonectris borealis (88.9%, n = 45) and Oceanodroma castro (100%, n = 5) and a lower frequency in Larus michahellis (35%, n = 20). Plastic debris was also observed in one of the two Chroicocephalus ridibundus analyzed and in the only Bubulcus ibis sampled. Among the most frequently detected pollutants were PCB 153, hexachlorobenzene, DDE, naphthalene, PCB 138, fluorene and PCB 180. Our results emphasize the problems posed to these species by plastic debris (mainly to seabirds) as well as organic pollutants, being necessary a biomonitoring in order to accurately define the impact of both issues.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/123327
ISBN: 978-84-9042-480-3
Source: Libro de Abstracs del II International Workshop on Marine Litter (BAMAR 2022) / María Esther Torres Padrón (ed.), p. 27-28
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