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To study plastic ingestion by North Pacific seabirds, we are obtaining specimens from both the Northwest and the Main Hawaiian Islands.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact us via email at:

seabirds "at" pelagicos "dot" net

Links

Seabirds of Hawaii Accounts

Seabird Ingestion of Marine Debris

Literature Review (PDF)

Hawaiian Albatrosses - Auman et al. 1997

Eastern Garbage Patch - Moore 2003

 

Manuals and Forms

Study Protocols

van Franeker 2004

van Franeker & Meijboom 2002

Necropsy Form

Marine Debris At-sea

Seabird Health Studies

Photo Galleries

Necropsies

Marine Debris

 

 

Study Species

Our study focuses on four locally-breeding species:

Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Ua'u kani

This small seabird nests underground in burrows built into sand banks and in shallow crevices amidst lava rocks and coral rubble. Wedge-tailed shearwaters forage on flying fish and squid in association with tuna schools and are known to ingest small fragments of plastic. Starting in 2009, we have obtained samples of this species from Sea Life Park, in Oahu.

(Download Species Information Sheet)

Laysan Albatross

Moli

This large seabird ranges thousands of miles out to sea to forage in distant waters in the Gulf of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. Laysan albatross eat many large pieces of plastic, including toothbrushes and lighters, which they feed to their chick back at the colony. Through a permit from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine Narional Munument, we obtained samples of this species from Tern Island in 2009.

(Download Species Information Sheet)

Black-footed Albatross

Ka'upu

This large seabird ranges all the way to west coast of North America to forage during the breeding season. Black-footed albatross eat many types of marine debris, including fishing line, styrofoam, and small fragments of user plastic, which they feed to their chick back at the colony. Through a permit from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine Narional Munument, we obtained samples of this species from Tern Island in 2009.

(Download Species Information Sheet)

Tristram's (Sooty) Storm Petrel

Tristram’s storm-petrel is a large storm-petrel (Family:
Hydrobatidae) and is known to ingest small plastic fragments. Starting in 2010, we will obtain samples of this species from Tern Island and Midway Atoll, in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

(Download Species Information Sheet)

 

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