Mercury decline in seabirds due to diet, not emission controls

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For 47 years, biologists have plucked eggs from seabird nests along the British Columbia coast. Many of the eggs were collected from remote rocky islands surrounded by some of the world’s roughest seas.

In all, they collected 537 eggs from six species, including ancient murrelets, rhinoceros auklets and double-crested cormorants. Now these eggs are revealing new information about the way mercury finds its way into the ecosystem.

Read article by Kyle Elliott, Canada Research Chair in Arctic Ecology, and Mehrnoosh Azodi, Research Assistant, in The Conversation