18 Jul '12, 2pm

Study Finds Bird Ingestion of Plastic in North Pacific Among Highest in the World

Study Finds Bird Ingestion of Plastic in North Pacific Among Highest in the World

The deadliness of ocean plastic pollution for birds and other animals should come as no surprise. It is something biologists have witnessed for years, including among the albatross of Midway . But the rate at which seabirds are ingesting plastic is surprising. A new study by US and Canadian scientists shows that seabirds in the northwest waters are gulping up far more plastic than they once did -- at rates among the highest in the world. The American Bird Conservancy reports that Stephanie Avery-Gomm of the University of British Columbia and five other researchers worked on the study from 2009 to 2010, analyzing 67 Northern Fulmars, a type of seabird, that washed up dead on the shores between Long Beach, Washington, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. They noted that the rates at which these birds seem to be ingesting plastic is approaching levels found in the notoriou...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/new-study-fi...

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