99% of the Ocean’s Plastic is Missing. Did Fish Eat It?

Science reports:

Millions of tons. That’s how much plastic should be floating in the world’s oceans, given our ubiquitous use of the stuff. But a new study finds that 99% of this plastic is missing. One disturbing possibility: Fish are eating it.

If that’s the case, “there is potential for this plastic to enter the global ocean food web,” says Carlos Duarte, an oceanographer at the University of Western Australia, Crawley. “And we are part of this food web.”

Here’s the primary lit link, “Plastic debris in the open ocean” (Cozar et al) doi: 10.1073/pnas.1314705111

Comments:

  1. Not just fish, but birds too.

    see Midway: a Message from the Gyre (Chris Jordan) (Beware: very disturbing, painfully so)

    Perhaps most insidious of all are the fairly recent introduction of zillions of "microbeads" to all sorts of cleaning products.

    "Self-reflection"
    -- by Horatio Algeranon
    (inspired by Chris Jordan's piece)

    We're snuffing life
    From inside out.
    The warning signs
    Leave little doubt.
    The evidence
    Is everywhere.
    If we just look,
    If we just stare,
    What we will see
    Is like a mirror,
    Reflecting back
    Our own dark future.

  2. It's not just a "potential for this plastic to enter the global ocean food web"

    It's a reality because those birds in that film got the plastic from the fish they ate.

    • Well, heck, why not eat plastic fish? Plus a little dressing of stupidity debris a la Fukushima? Is there a word for pathological garbage eating? (Just last weekend again I had to tell folks they are practising virtual coprophagia: Smoking (not BBQ-ing) industrial meat on wet garbage wood. The smell. The demented olfactory senses. The horror...)

  3. Plastic 'Trash Islands' Forming In Ocean Garbage Patch
    http://www.livescience.com/46871-plastic-islands-forming-pacific.html
    Maybe the fish didn't actually eat that much of it.


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