First evidence of presence of plastic debris in stomach of large pelagic fish in the Mediterranean Sea

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2015
Date published: 06/2015
Authors: Teresa Romeo, Battaglia Pietro, Cristina Pedà, Pierpaolo Consoli, Franco Andaloro, Maria Fossi
Journal title: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Volume: 95
Issue: 1
Pages: 358 - 361
ISSN: 0025326X

This study focuses, for the first time, on the presence of plastic debris in the stomach contents of large pelagic fish (Xiphias gladiusThunnus 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 (<5 mm), mesoplastics (5–25 mm) and macroplastics (>25 mm).

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.

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