Plastic ingestion by Scyliorhinus canicula trawl captured in the North Sea
Marine Pollution Bulletin,
Volume 130, May 2018, Pages 6-7, ISSN 0025-326X
The ingestion of plastic debris by marine organisms has been documented across a variety of taxa including; marine mammals, sea birds, sea
turtles and some fish species. Fewer reports have described ingestion by sharks, in this study the gastrointestinal tracts of 20 small spotted
catsharks (Scyliorhinus canicula) trawl captured in the North Sea were investigated.
Macroplastics (>20 mm) were found in 2 individuals and microplastic (<5 mm) was found in one other individual, this is the
first time that plastic ingestion has been reported in this species.
These observations suggest that gastrointestinal analysis of commonly landed elasmobranch species is worthwhile, to further understanding on the organisms and habitats impacted by plastic pollution.