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Microplastics are killing fish faster than they can reproduce

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 09, 2016 01:05 AM
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by Katie Medlock last modified Jun 08, 2016

There are 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating around in the Earth’s oceans, many of which are microplastics no larger than 5 mm large. These tiny particles are being gobbled up by fish and killing them faster than they can reproduce. A new study found that consuming the plastic pieces also slows fish down and interferes with their natural abilities to sense oncoming predators. The study, published in Science last week, observed perch larvae and their eating habits. When in the...






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