First detection of plastic microfibers in a wild population of South American fur seals (Arctocephalus australis) in the Chilean Northern Patagonia

D. J. Perez-Venegas, M. Seguel, H. Pavés, J. Pulgar, M. Urbina, C. Ahrendt, C. Galbán-Malagón

Resultado de la investigación: Article

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Resumen

The dramatic increase of microplastics (plastic fragments <5 mm) in marine environments is a problem that has attracted public attention globally. Within the different types of microplastics, microfibres are the least studied (size <1 mm). We examined 51 female scats from a population in Northern Patagonia. Our results showed no presence of microplastic particles, however 67% of them showed a remarkable abundance of microfibers, which until now had only been reported in animals fed in captivity. As a result of this work we propose that the examination of scats from South American Fur Seal and also other pinnipeds could be an efficient tool to monitor environmental levels of microfibres and maybe microplastics in the environment due to the easy recognition of the animals and their scats.

Idioma originalEnglish
Páginas (desde-hasta)50-54
Número de páginas5
PublicaciónMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volumen136
DOI
EstadoPublished - 1 nov 2018

Huella dactilar

wild population
Animals
Argentina
plastics
plastic
Plastics
pinniped
animal
captivity
marine environment
detection
fur
Arctocephalus australis
monitoring
animals
particle
public

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution

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Perez-Venegas, D. J. ; Seguel, M. ; Pavés, H. ; Pulgar, J. ; Urbina, M. ; Ahrendt, C. ; Galbán-Malagón, C. / First detection of plastic microfibers in a wild population of South American fur seals (Arctocephalus australis) in the Chilean Northern Patagonia. En: Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2018 ; Vol. 136. pp. 50-54.
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En: Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 136, 01.11.2018, p. 50-54.

Resultado de la investigación: Article

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