Gallery: One-Third of English Channel Fish Show Rayon, Polyester Contamina...

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Roughly a third of fish caught off the southwest coast of England show traces of “microplastic” contamination from synthetic clothing fibers, polyester from bags and plastic bottles, and “microbeads” used in facial scrubs and exfoliators, according to scientists from Plymouth University and the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. In a study that explored the occurrence of plastic in 10 species of fish caught in the English Channel, biologists found minuscule pieces of plastic, less than 1 millimeters in size, in the gastrointestinal tracts of more than 36 percent of the 504 fish they examined. A spectrometer identified over half of the 351 items they removed as rayon, a manmade fiber derived from regenerated cellulose that’s widely used in garments and sanitary products.

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