26 Jul '13, 2pm

Hawaii's predatory fish are eating plastic (and we are eating them...)

Hawaii's predatory fish are eating plastic (and we are eating them...)

University of Hawaii, Mãnoa , reports on a recent study that shows just what big fish are having for dinner. And it includes more plastic than we ever thought before. The university reports , "Over a six-year period, researchers investigated the stomach contents of 595 fish representing 10 predatory open-ocean species, including commercially valuable tunas and billfishes. Seven of the 10 species were found have ingested some form of debris, with varying degrees of frequency." Looking at two different species of opah (moonfish), which is commonly eaten around the world, researchers found that 58% of small-eye opah and 43% of big-eye opah had eaten some kind of plastic debris. Additionally, 30% of longnosed lancetfish, a fish commonly caught but not eaten by humans, had eaten debris, indicating that fish all along the food chain are ingesting some form of plastic pollution. ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/hawaiis-pred...

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