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Why Are British Fish Eating Plastics?


Environment  (tags: pollution, fish, world, protection, habitat, environment, ecosystems, destruction, humans, green, government, politics, animals, wildlife )

Cal
- 451 days ago - enn.com
Scientists have found tiny fragments of plastic in the digestive systems of fish pulled from the English Channel.



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John S. (294)
Monday January 21, 2013, 10:14 am
Noted, probably wonder what it is, like kids and tide pods.
 

Dave C. (204)
Monday January 21, 2013, 10:47 am
sad.
 

deb s. (148)
Monday January 21, 2013, 11:27 am
Great Britain, you need to do something about why plastic is getting into your waters GOD'S waters and destroying the fish this in unnatural and must be addressed
 

Sheila S. (68)
Monday January 21, 2013, 3:37 pm
Really sad. Not unlike birds in the USA swallowing balloons and the plastic that binds beer cans, the result of carelessness and/or laziness and/or ignorance.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday January 21, 2013, 4:05 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday January 21, 2013, 5:26 pm
noted, thanks
 

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Monday January 21, 2013, 10:03 pm
Why...? - There is now umpteen times more plastic in Earth's ocean than phytoplankton (which has declined by more than 50 % in past + 1/2 century) --- couldn't hav e anything to do with that, no?

and every minute...
...
... human population increases by ~ 150
...
... 70 acres of forest are being cleared worldwide = 40 soccer pitches
... 42,000 tons of carbon dioxide are being blown into the atmosphere
... 380 tons of fish are being caught - 1/3 of it being uselessly killed "by-catch"
... 20 tons of plastic waste are being dumped into the seas of the world
...
-- Momentaufnahme/Snapshots ( 2008; 16min)

 

Nimue P. (195)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:33 am
Noted.
 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:46 am
ty
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 7:56 am
Sadly noted
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 7:57 am
Sadly noted
 

Christeen Anderson (419)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:39 pm
Too bad. This can definately harm them.
 

Mary Donnelly (44)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:51 pm
Thanks Cal.
 

Ruth M. (250)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:10 pm
noted the consequences for all animals is very frightening!
 

faith v. (13)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:27 pm
According to the article about Plastic garbage Patches just above this one, Fish have no choice.

Neither do humans, come to that.
Tried any "light" plastic ham lately, or plastic cheese, meat, - you name it.
Monsanto is even manipulating the crops.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:31 pm
Thanks.... This is so sad!
 

OutofTown M. (444)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 2:07 pm
Only plastic to eat!
 

Colleen L. (2)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:02 pm
So sad. Thanks Cal
 

Jane Mckenzie (20)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:14 pm
noted
 

Trish K. (93)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:29 pm
Unilever has announced it will discontinue the use of micro plastic pellets in soap used for exfoliating the skin.
It's about time and now we know where the fish got it. It's getting harder and harder to find food anymore.
 

Brad Kraus (6)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:24 pm
Climate change and lack of natural food is probably driving this. The plastic can come from quite far away, not just from Britain. We have to change for this to change.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:42 pm
What you see on the surface is easy to clean up. Over time the plastic's molecular structure is eroded and broken into microscopic particles by the sun; the tidal motion of the water and a myriad of other chemicals now found throughout our oceans, seas, rivers and lakes. Even the Great Lakes has it. Krill and smaller fish consume it and the big fish consume them. Also there is contamination into all marine life as they need to process water through the gills to obtain oxygen hence the presence of plastic in fish.
 

Darryl Smith (10)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 5:28 pm
Man worries about the end of the world and coming destruction and yet he brings destruction to the earth every hour of every day. Sooner or later there has to be a point where it will all be so much that nature itself will have to bring a stop to it. I agree with the statement "We have seen the enemy, and the enemy is us"
 

Winn Adams (178)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 7:37 pm
Sad
 

Susan Allen (208)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 8:10 pm
So sad. Shared.
 

Ruth S. (379)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:51 am
The Irresponsibility of people is what's causing the destruction of the world.
 

Ben L. (23)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:27 am
Now the Netherlands are concernd to and it is not onley in the cosmetics but to in shampoo and glue. All that is sparkling has microplastics.
 

Klaus Peters (8)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 3:57 am
What else is there to eat for marine life, only chemicals, heavy metals, plastic and oil particles and we eat the fish. We are the last animal in the food chain. We eat the poison that we created.
 
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