alexa First evidence of presence of plastic debris in stomach of large pelagic fish in the Mediterranean Sea.
Agri and Aquaculture

Agri and Aquaculture

Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development

Author(s): Romeo T, Pietro B, Ped C, Consoli P, Andaloro F,

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Abstract This study focuses, for the first time, on the presence of plastic debris in the stomach contents of large pelagic fish (Xiphias gladius, Thunnus thynnus and Thunnus alalunga) caught in the Mediterranean Sea between 2012 and 2013. Results highlighted the ingestion of plastics in the 18.2\% of samples. The plastics ingested were microplastics (<5mm), mesoplastics (5-25mm) and macroplastics (>25mm). These preliminary results represent an important initial phase in exploring two main ecotoxicological aspects: (a) the assessment of the presence and impact of plastic debris on these large pelagic fish, and (b) the potential effects related to the transfer of contaminants on human health. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article was published in Mar Pollut Bull and referenced in Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development

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