Plastic pollution affects American lobsters, Homarus americanus

Mar Pollut Bull. 2019 Jan:138:545-548. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.017. Epub 2018 Dec 14.


This paper provides the first record of ingestion of plastic debris by American lobster, Homarus americanus. Plastics particles, identified as rubber pieces, were found in the stomachs of 3 from 17 individuals of lobsters kept in laboratory conditions. Debris had evidence of cuts, what suggest they were actively consumed.

Keywords: American lobster; Homarus americanus; Ingested plastics; Plastic pollution.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bays
  • Dietary Exposure / adverse effects
  • Gastrointestinal Contents*
  • Maine
  • Nephropidae / drug effects*
  • Plastics / analysis*
  • Plastics / toxicity
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical / toxicity


  • Plastics
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical