Surprise Finding Heightens Concern Over Tiny Bits Of Plastic Polluting Our Oceans

Posted by Mike Confino, March 25, 2015

Great Lakes Plastic Pollution

Scientists are looking for — and finding — little bits of plastic in a lot of places lately: ice cores, deep sea sediments, coral reefs, crab gills, the digestive system of mussels, even German beer. Now, new research suggests they need not actually be searching for the man-made material to discover it.

“We never thought of looking for plastic,” said Javier Gomez Fernandez, a biologist at Singapore University of Technology and Design.

His team’s accidental finding of plastic in the skin of both farmed and wild fish, published online this month in the supplementary section of their unrelated peer-reviewed paper, adds to already growing environmental and public health concerns about the plastic particles pervading our oceans and waterways.

via Surprise Finding Heightens Concern Over Tiny Bits Of Plastic Polluting Our Oceans.

Recent Headlines