Plastic lure ingestion by rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis stranded on the northern coast of Cyprus

Plastic lure ingestion by rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis stranded on the northern coast of Cyprus

Tayfun Çanakcı, Özge Özden, Wayne Fuller, Itri Levent Erkol, Arda M. Tonay

ORCID IDs: T.Ç. 0000-0002-6551-6820; Ö.Ö. 0000-0001-7938-6927; W.F. 0000-0002-6150-7484; I.L.E. 0000-0002-7443-5854; A.M.T. 0000-0003-2718-9328

Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute, Taşkent Doğa Parkı, Taşkent, Kyrenia, CYPRUS
Faculty of Agriculture, Near East University, Near East Boulevard, Nicosia, CYPRUS
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Near East University, Near East Boulevard 99138 Nicosia, CYPRUS
Faculty of Aquatic Sciences, Istanbul University, Onaltı Mart Şehitleri Cad. No: 2, 34470, Fatih, Istanbul, TÜRKİYE
Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV), P.O. Box: 10, Beykoz, Istanbul, TÜRKİYE


Information on the distribution of the rough-toothed dolphin, Steno bredanensis (G. Cuvier in Lesson, 1828), in the Mediterranean Basin is limited but has been reported as a regular species, likely to occur throughout the offshore waters of the Ionian/Levantine areas. This study reported plastic lures from the stomach content of a stranded individual in Sadrazamköy (Livera) on the northern coast of Cyprus.

Keywords: Plastic ingestion, recreational fishing, Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean

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