Food sample analysis of seabirds collected during the 'Lance'-cruise in ice-filled waters in Eastern Svalbard 1984
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This report gives a preliminary account of the analysis of stomach contents of seabirds collected in ice-filled waters in the Eastern parts of Svalbard during the "Lance"-expedition in summer 1984. A total of 40 seabirds of 7 species were collected. The dominating seabirds were Fulmars Fulmarus glacialis and Kittiwakes Rissa tridactyla, with 8 and 18 individuals respectively. The results confirm earlier investigations and state that Arctic Cod Boreogadus saida and different crustaceans, both pelagic and epibenthic forms associated to the sea ice are the main prey species of the seabirds. Fulmars also depend on polychaetes and squid.