Journal article

Correlations between Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Body Morphometrics in Fledgling Shearwaters Impacted by Plastic Consumption from a Remote Pacific Island

Drew Szabo, Jennifer L Lavers, Jeff Shimeta, Mark P Green, Raoul A Mulder, Bradley O Clarke



We investigated the concentrations of 45 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in fledgling flesh-footed shearwater (Ardenna carneipes; n = 33) and wedge-tailed shearwater (A. pacifica; n = 9) livers via liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and their relationship to body morphometrics and ingested plastic mass recorded in 2019 on Lord Howe Island (NSW, Australia). Sixteen PFASs were detected, of which perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) was the dominant compound, detected in 100% of birds (1.34-13.4 ng/g wet wt). Long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids, including perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA; <0.04-0.79 ng/g wet wt) and perfluorotridecanoic acid (PFTrDA; 50% of birds. There was a po..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which this study was conducted, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples of Melbourne and the Muwinina people of Hobart, Australia. The project was funded, in part, by the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Water, and Water Research Australia. The Detached Cultural Organization and L. Bryce generously provided funding to J.L. Lavers for field sampling on Lord Howe Island. Field logistical support was kindly provided by Adrift Lab team members (A. Bond, P. Clive, M. Grant, I. Hutton, and P. Puskic) and the Lord Howe Island community. We thank K. Plaisted for reviewing the draft manuscript and designing the graphical abstract. We thank M. Pereira for the design of the shearwater illustration. We thank 2 anonymous reviewers for their comments on the first submitted version of the manuscript.