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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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This report expands upon previous work by Trevail (2014) and Herzke et al. (2016). For the ingested plastics, all data herein has been published previously in van Franeker et al. (2013; as part of a larger dataset) and Herzke et al. (2016). Trevail (2014) and Herzke et al. (2016) report some contaminant data, but further analyses have been performed on the tissue samples and the data on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances and metabolites are reported here for the first time.

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