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Mar Pollut Bull. 2002 Nov;44(11):1294-5.

Seabirds and floating plastic debris.

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Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, P.O. Box 59, 1790 A B Den Burg Texel, The Netherlands.


80% of floating plastic debris freshly washed ashore on a Dutch coast showed peckmarks made by birds at sea. They either mistake these debris for cuttlebones or simply test all floating objects. Ingestion of plastic is deleterious for marine organisms. It is urgent to set measures to plastic litter production.

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