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Contaminants in northern fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) exposed to plastic

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Northern fulmars are seabirds which feed exclusively at sea, and as such, they are useful indicators of ocean health. Marine plastic pollution is an ever-increasing and global issue that affects the northern fulmar as they are frequently found to have ingested plastic. In this report we investigate whether the amount of ingested plastic affects the concentration of certain plastic-adsorbed toxicants in their tissues. Marine plastic pollution is a field of utmost importance. It is our hope that this continues to be an area which receives increased attention in order to elucidate the potential harmful effects plastics have on the northern fulmar and ocean health, in general.

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Discussion

There were no statistically significant differences in contaminant concentrations in liver tissue between fulmars from the Faroe Islands and Norway and the averaged contaminant levels are thus comparable between the two datasets.

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