The use of anthropogenic marine debris as a nesting material by brown boobies (Sula leucogaster)

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10141/622420
Title:
The use of anthropogenic marine debris as a nesting material by brown boobies (Sula leucogaster)
Authors:
Grant, ML; Lavers, JL; Stuckenbrock, S; Sharp, PB; Bond, AL ( 0000-0003-2125-7238 )
Abstract:
Marine debris is pervasive worldwide, and affects biota negatively. We compared the characteristics of debris incorporated within brown booby (Sula leucogaster) nests throughout their pantropical distribution by assessing the type, colour and mass of debris items within nests and in beach transects at 18 sites, to determine if nests are indicators of the amount of debris in local marine environments. Debris was present in 14.4% of nests surveyed, with the proportion of nests with debris varying among sites (range: 0–100%). There was minimal overlap between the type or colour of debris found in nests and on adjacent beaches at individual sites. This suggests that brown boobies do not select debris uniformly across their distribution. We propose that the nests of brown boobies can be used as a sentinel of marine debris pollution of their local environment.
Citation:
Megan L. Grant, Jennifer L. Lavers, Silke Stuckenbrock, Paul B. Sharp, Alexander L. Bond, The use of anthropogenic marine debris as a nesting material by brown boobies (Sula leucogaster), Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 137, 2018, Pages 96-103, ISSN 0025-326X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.10.016. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X18307173)
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Issue date:
11-Oct-2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10141/622420
DOI:
10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.10.016
Submitted date:
2018-10-25
Type:
Journal Article
Item Description:
© 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The attached document is the author(’s’) final accepted/submitted version of the journal article. You are advised to consult the publisher’s version if you wish to cite from it.
Subject Terms:
Environmental indicator; Litter; Nesting ecology; Pantropical oceans; Plastic pollution; Seabirds
ISSN:
0025-326X
Appears in Collections:
Life sciences

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dc.contributor.authorGrant, MLen
dc.contributor.authorLavers, JLen
dc.contributor.authorStuckenbrock, Sen
dc.contributor.authorSharp, PBen
dc.contributor.authorBond, ALen
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dc.date.available2018-11-07T15:05:55Z-
dc.date.issued2018-10-11-
dc.date.submitted2018-10-25-
dc.identifier.citationMegan L. Grant, Jennifer L. Lavers, Silke Stuckenbrock, Paul B. Sharp, Alexander L. Bond, The use of anthropogenic marine debris as a nesting material by brown boobies (Sula leucogaster), Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 137, 2018, Pages 96-103, ISSN 0025-326X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.10.016. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X18307173)en
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dc.description.abstractMarine debris is pervasive worldwide, and affects biota negatively. We compared the characteristics of debris incorporated within brown booby (Sula leucogaster) nests throughout their pantropical distribution by assessing the type, colour and mass of debris items within nests and in beach transects at 18 sites, to determine if nests are indicators of the amount of debris in local marine environments. Debris was present in 14.4% of nests surveyed, with the proportion of nests with debris varying among sites (range: 0–100%). There was minimal overlap between the type or colour of debris found in nests and on adjacent beaches at individual sites. This suggests that brown boobies do not select debris uniformly across their distribution. We propose that the nests of brown boobies can be used as a sentinel of marine debris pollution of their local environment.en_US
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dc.titleThe use of anthropogenic marine debris as a nesting material by brown boobies (Sula leucogaster)en_US
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dc.description.nhm© 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The attached document is the author(’s’) final accepted/submitted version of the journal article. You are advised to consult the publisher’s version if you wish to cite from it.en
dc.subject.nhmEnvironmental indicatoren
dc.subject.nhmLitteren
dc.subject.nhmNesting ecologyen
dc.subject.nhmPantropical oceansen
dc.subject.nhmPlastic pollutionen
dc.subject.nhmSeabirdsen
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