Shock­ing dis­cov­ery

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - News -

Over a quar­ter of all fish found in the river Thames and over a third of fish caught in the Firth of Clyde es­tu­ary have been found to have in­gested mi­cro-plas­tics.

re­searchers looked at the gut con­tent of 876 fish and shrimp from 21 dif­fer­ent species and found that 14 of the species had plas­tic in their gut. A shock­ing 28% of Thames and 39% of Clyde fish were con­tam­i­nated this way, with bot­tom-dwelling species es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble – 75% of the sam­pled Floun­der were found to have in­gested plas­tic fi­bres. It’s thought that much of the plas­tic dis­cov­ered is a re­sult of wash­ing clothes, where tiny fi­bre frag­ments es­cape the sewage treat­ment sys­tem and are re­leased into rivers.

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