Plastic ingestion by the northern fulmar (<i>Fulmarus glacialis</i>) in Iceland

TitlePlastic ingestion by the northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) in Iceland
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKühn, S, van Franeker, JA
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Pagination1252 - 1254
Date Published06/2012
ISBN Number0025-326X
KeywordsIceland, Marine debris, OSPAR EcoQO, Plastic ingestion

In 2011, northern fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) from Iceland were used to test the hypothesis that plastic debris decreases at northern latitudes in the Atlantic when moving away from major human centres of coastal and marine activities. Stomach analyses of Icelandic fulmars confirm that plastic pollution levels in the North Atlantic tend to decrease towards higher latitudes. Levels of pollution thus appear to link to regions of intense human coastal and marine activities, suggesting substantial current inputs in those areas.