06 Sep '17, 11am

Fish eat plastic -- and they like it, too

Fish eat plastic -- and they like it, too

New research has found that the 'scent' of plastic in seawater appeals to foraging fish. Fish eat plastic. We know this because scientists have detected significant amounts of plastic in the seafood that ends up on dinner plates. Research from the University of Ghent last year said that the average mussel-eating Belgian ingests 11,000 pieces of microplastic annually, while other research detected synthetic clothing fibers in one-quarter of fish at the San Francisco fish market. This is concerning for a lot of reasons, not least of which is the passing on of toxic compounds in plastic to human eaters through bio-accumulation in fish tissues, as well as the impact on fish behavior, from reduced activity rates to weakened schooling behavior to compromised liver function. The big question, though, is why are fish mistaking plastic for food? Surely these substances are differen...

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