Can oviposition on marine litter pose a threat to marine fishes?

Gabriel Enrique De-la-Torre, Miguel Valderrama-Herrera, Damarisch Fernanda Urizar Garfias Reyes, Tony R. Walker

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Marine litter colonization is widely investigated as an important pathway for the dispersal of potentially invasive species. However, this phenomenon may be impacting marine biota in other ways as well. In this viewpoint, we express our concerns regarding the potential loss of viable eggs of numerous oviparous fishes deposited on marine litter when large-scale stranding events occur. Our concerns are supported by personal observations of stranded marine litter harboring fresh and viable egg capsules (Sympterygia sp.) and eggs (Family: Blenniidae), as well as reports in the literature. The loss of viable eggs from oviparous fishes is widely overlooked and poorly understood. Based on these knowledge gaps, we make a call for research and propose several research priorities to understand the impact of these events.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114375
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Batoids
  • Egg capsules
  • Oviparous
  • Plastic
  • Pollution
  • Skates


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