03 Jul '11, 6am

Over 12,000 Tons of Plastic Ingested by Fish (VIDEO) | Care2 Causes

Over 12,000 Tons of Plastic Ingested by Fish (VIDEO) | Care2 Causes

Fish in the North Pacific ingest plastic at a rate of roughly 12,000- to 24,000 tons per year, according to researchers from the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX). That’s news that should give all of us a bellyache. Peter Davison and Rebecca Asch, two graduate students from SEAPLEX, traveled more than more than 1,000 miles west of California to the eastern sector of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre on the Scripps research vessel New Horizon, says Science Daily . They collected numerous samples of fish specimens, water samples and marine debris at both surface level and thousands of feet below the surface. Of the 141 fishes spanning 27 species dissected in the study, Davison and Asch found that 9.2 percent of the stomach contents of mid-water fishes contained plastic debris, primarily broken-down bits smaller than a human fingernail. The r...

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