One-third of fish caught in English Channel have plastic contamination / Müll-Kontinente aus Plastik im Ozean [Arte]

[RawStory / 26.01.2013] One-third of fish caught off the south-west coast of England have traces of plastic contamination from sources including sanitary products and carrier bags, scientists have found.
The Plymouth University study, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, looked at the occurrence of plastic in 10 species of fish caught in the English Channel.

Of 504 fish examined, more than one-third were found to contain small pieces of plastic less than 1mm in size, referred to by scientists as “microbeads”.
Occurrence of microplastics in the gastrointestinal tract of pelagic and demersal fish from the English Channel 

[sciencedirect / 26.12.2012] Highlights

► Microplastics present in 36.5% of fish examined from English Channel. ► Ten species examined microplastic present in all of them. ► Average 1.90 ± 0.10 items per fish.


Müll-Kontinente aus Plastik im Ozean [Arte]

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