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Record of Litter Ingestion by Cod (Gadus morhua) Collected from Masfjorden, Western Norway  

Laith A. Jawad1 , Odd-B. Humborstad2 , Per G. Fjelldal3
1 Flat Bush, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand
2 Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Bergen, Norway
3 Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Matre Research Station, Matredal, Norway
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 41   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2016.06.0041
Received: 26 Aug., 2016    Accepted: 10 Oct., 2016    Published: 19 Oct., 2016
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Jawad L.A., Humborstad O.B. and Fjelldal P.G., 2016, Record of Litter Ingestion by Cod (Gadus morhua) Collected from Masfjorden, Western Norway, International Journal of Marine Science, 6(41): 1-4 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2016.06.0041)


We present the finding of a wild caught Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) that had ingested a metal beverage can, common marine debris. The can was detected when the fish was radiographed alive as part of a scientific experiment. A possible cause for the death of the fish was the blockage of the digestive tract by the can. Due to paucity in marine debris monitoring programs and lack of impact studies of diverse marine debris in Norwegian waters it is not possible to assess the scale and extent of the effects of this type of pollution on cod and other species.

Pollution; Anthropogenic debris; Ingestion; Marine debris; Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua)
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