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Vitenskapelig artikkel

First documentation of plastic ingestion in the arctic glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus)

  • Stine Charlotte Benjaminsen
  • Sophie Bourgeon
  • Dorte Herzke
  • Amalie Ask
  • France Collard og
  • Geir Wing Gabrielsen


Science of the Total Environment
ISSN 0048-9697
e-ISSN 1879-1026
NVI-nivå 2

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2022
Publisert online: 2022
Volum: 834
Sider: 1 - 6
Artikkelnummer: 155340
Open Access


Scopus-ID: 2-s2.0-85129186057





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First documentation of plastic ingestion in the arctic glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus)


Arctic wildlife is facing multiple stressors, including increasing plastic pollution. Seabirds are intrinsic to marine ecosystems, but most seabird populations are declining. We lack knowledge on plastic ingestion in many arctic seabird species, and there is an urgent need for more information to enable risk assessment and monitoring. Our study aimed to investigate the occurrence of plastics in glaucous gulls (Larus hyperboreus) breeding on Svalbard. The glaucous gull is a sentinel species for the health of the arctic marine ecosystem, but there have been no studies investigating plastic occurrence in this species since 1994. As a surface feeder and generalist living in an area with high human activity on Svalbard, we expected to find plastic in its stomach. We investigated for plastic >1 mm and documented plastic ingestion for the first time in glaucous gulls, with a frequency of occurrence of 14.3% (n = 21). The plastics were all identified as user plastics and consisted of polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS). Our study provides new quantitative and qualitative data on plastic burden and polymer type reported in a standardized manner establishing a reference point for future research and monitoring of arctic gulls on national and international levels.


Stine Charlotte Benjaminsen

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Norsk Polarinstitutt

Sophie Bourgeon

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for arktisk og marin biologi ved UiT Norges arktiske universitet

Dorte Herzke

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Miljøkjemi ved NILU - Norsk institutt for luftforskning

Amalie Ask

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Turun yliopisto

France Collard

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Forskningsavdelingen ved Norsk Polarinstitutt
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