01 Jul '11, 2pm

Nearly 10% of Fish Caught for Study Contain Plastic

01 Jul 2011: Nearly 10 Percent of Fish Caught for Study Contain Plastic Nearly 1 in 10 fish collected in the Pacific Ocean during a recent study contained plastic debris , in what researchers call troubling evidence of the significant amount of plastic entering the food chain. The study, conducted by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, Scripps Institution Two lanternship and plastic debris collected in study San Diego, estimates that fish in the middle depths of the northern Pacific ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year. As part of the study, scientists collected about 141 fish spanning 27 species in the notorious “Pacific Garbage Patch,” an area about 1,000 miles off the California coast contaminated with high volumes of plastic. Researchers found plastic debris in the stomachs of 9.2 percent of the fish colle...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/nearly_10_percent_of_fish_cau...

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