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Microplastics can accumulate in fish, birds and other marine life. Because they do not break down rapidly, the amount in the sea and fish will continue to accumulate, making the problem worse over time, until we manage to reduce the amount of plastic in the sea.
Chemicals added to plastics can ‘leak’ even when ingested by fish and other animals. As one animal eats another, these toxins transfer to the animal fat and tissue.
Swedish scientists have shown that nanoplastics can enter the brains of fish through the food chain an lead to abnormal behaviour, slower eating and hyperactivity, disrupting the natural balance of their environment.
By 2018, in marine and freshwater ecosystems combined, microplastics had been found in more than 114 aquatic species, including various invertebrate sea animals, including crabs.
It is estimated that one in three fish eaten by humans contains microplastics. The highest concentrations appear to be in shellfish.
Download the Plastic Pollution and Our Food Chain Fact Sheet to use as your own educational resource.
Plastics, or the chemicals they contain, could end up on your dinner plate. In fact, if you eat shellfish, they probably already have.
From zooplankton to our plates, when
plastic is too small to be seen, it poses big environmental risks, because it takes centuries to biodegrade
If you share our vision of eliminating plastic pollution in our oceans and preserving them for future generations to enjoy, then please get in touch.
Sources: Plastic Soup Org; YouGov; Britannica.com; WEF; Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (1997)