Occurrence of microplastics in the gastrointestinal tract of pelagic and demersal fish from the English Channel.

@article{Lusher2013OccurrenceOM,
  title={Occurrence of microplastics in the gastrointestinal tract of pelagic and demersal fish from the English Channel.},
  author={Amy L Lusher and Mathew McHugh and Richard C. Thompson},
  journal={Marine pollution bulletin},
  year={2013},
  volume={67 1-2},
  pages={94-9}
}
Microplastics are present in marine habitats worldwide and laboratory studies show this material can be ingested, yet data on abundance in natural populations is limited. This study documents microplastics in 10 species of fish from the English Channel. 504 Fish were examined and plastics found in the gastrointestinal tracts of 36.5%. All five pelagic species and all five demersal species had ingested plastic. Of the 184 fish that had ingested plastic the average number of pieces per fish was 1… CONTINUE READING
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