Accumulation of plastic-derived chemicals in tissues of seabirds ingesting marine plastics

We analyzed polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in abdominal adipose of oceanic seabirds (short-tailed shearwaters, Puffinus tenuirostris) collected in northern North Pacific Ocean. In 3 of 12 birds, we detected higher-brominated congeners (viz., BDE209 and BDE183), which are not present in the natural prey (pelagic fish) of the birds. The same compounds were present in plastic found in the stomachs of the 3 birds. These data suggested the transfer of plastic-derived chemicals from ingested plastics to the tissues of marine-based organisms.

Marine Pollution Bulletin, Kosuke Tanaka and al., Volume 69, Issues 1–2, 15 April 2013, Pages 219–222

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