Microplastic litter found in digestive systems of Tokyo Bay fish

Nearly 80% of Japanese anchovy caught in a survey of Tokyo Bay had plastic waste inside their digestive systems, according to the research team who conducted the study.

Eating the fish is unlikely to cause major health problems, but the finding indicates worrying levels of pollution in the sea around Japan, according to the group led by Professor Hideshige Takada of the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

The team examined 64 Japanese anchovies caught in the bay in August last year and found 150 microplastic particles, or plastic pieces up to 5 millimeters, in the digestive tubes of 49 of them.

Of the 150 plastic pieces, about 80 percent were 0.1 to 1 millimeter in size, the team said. (…) (japantoday.com, 10/04/2016)

The news



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s