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Title: Microplastic ingestion by Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) in the Canary Islands coast
Authors: Herrera, A. 
Ŝtindlová, A.
Martínez, I. 
Rapp Cabrera, Jorge
Romero-Kutzner, V. 
Samper, M. D.
Montoto Martínez, Tania 
Aguiar González, Miguel Borja 
Packard, T. 
Gómez, M. 
UNESCO Clasification: 251092 Acuicultura marina
Keywords: Fish
Marine litter
Canary Current
Wastewater
Plastic pollution
Issue Date: 2019
Project: Bases para la Planificación Sostenible de áreas Marinas en la Macaronesia 
Efecto de la Contaminacion Por Microplasticos en la Biota Marina 
Journal: Marine Pollution Bulletin 
Abstract: In recent years, due to the increasing concerns about their negative impact on wildlife and possible toxicity to living organisms (including humans), microplastics have become the subject of intense investigations. In the ocean, microplastics can be easily ingested by numerous marine organisms because of their small size (<5 mm). The Northwest African upwelling system is an important fishery area, and the present study is the first one in the region to reveal the presence of microplastic particles in the digestive tract of Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias). From the 120 examined fish gastrointestinal tracts, 78.3% contained some type of microplastics, 74.2% contained fibres, 17.5% plastic fragments, and 16.7% paint. More studies are needed on fish, but S. colias is a candidate for being a good indicator of microplastic contamination in the region.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/55015
ISSN: 0025-326X
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.022
Source: Marine Pollution Bulletin [ISSN 0025-326X], v. 139, p. 127-135
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