Marine litter detection and correlation with the seabird nest content

TitleMarine litter detection and correlation with the seabird nest content
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMerlino, S., Abbate M., Pietrelli L., Canepa P., and Varella P.
JournalRendiconti Lincei
KeywordsArtificial structures, Citizen Science, Floating docks, Marine litter, Monitoring programme, Mussel nets, Northern gannets, Polymeric AMD, Polypropylenes, Surveys

A 3 year monitoring programme, realized in a citizen science context, from 2014 until 2016, allowed us to gather information on the prevalent quantities and qualities of anthropogenic waste in five Mediterranean coastal areas within the Pelagos Sanctuary, three of them located in Liguria, near La Spezia Gulf, and the other two in Tuscany. Here, we present results concerning the Polymeric Articles’ abundances registered during the survey. Moreover, we show the results of the first study devoted to describe and quantify the anthropogenic content of the nest of a pair of Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus), a pelagic bird that, starting from some years, has been reproducing regularly in La Spezia Gulf. This breeding is atypical for this species, as is associated with artificial structures such as piers, floating docks, or boats; the material used in the construction of the nest reflects the “anthropogenic” link with the chosen location and objects of polymeric origin in particular abound. We detect the existence of a correlation between the most abundant types of Anthropogenic Marine Debris found in the Northern Gannet’ nest (fragments of polypropylene nets) and one of the productive activities of the zones. © 2018, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.


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