People Eat Fish That Eat Fish That Eat Plastic

Plastic FishWhy don’t we just start eating fish made out of plastic? Simplify the food chain. Eric S. Page writes on NBC San Diego:

Scientists exploring the Great Pacific Garbage Patch have made another disturbing discovery, according to a published report.

The UCSD scientists returned from their trip to the Northern Pacific in August, bringing back tales, pictures and more than 100 samples from a blob of degraded plastic that is reportedly the size of Texas or bigger.

Now, in addition to the large concentration of plastic, Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers have determined some of the fish in the area are eating it. “We did indeed find some indisputable pieces of plastic in their guts,” Pete Davison, a Scripps graduate student dissecting the fish, told the voiceofsandiego.org.

The scientists told the nonprofit online news site that about 5–10 percent of the fish they studied — “mainly small swimmers common in the deep ocean, like lanternfish and hatchetfish” had consumed the tiny plastic particles. Those fish, in turn, are eaten by bigger, commercially fished species.

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