An earlier pilot study on litter contents in stomachs of Fulmars indicated that this seabird can be used as a suitable indicator for levels of marine litter pollution on the North Sea off the Dutch coast. This progress report updates the existing dataset with data on Fulmar stomach contents in the year 2001 and analyses and discusses trends. Information is supplied on the background and planning for a European Fulmar study, related to the 'Save the North Sea (SNS)' campaign 2002-2004 which, co-funded by the EU Interreg IIIB program, aims to reduce marine litter in the North Sea region. The Dutch and SNS Fulmar studies are relevant for the development of an Ecological Quality Objective for the North Sea by ICES and OSPAR.
|Place of Publication||Wageningen|
|Number of pages||49|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
- sea birds
- biological indicators
- north sea
- water pollution