The uptake of macroplastic & microplastic by demersal & pelagic fish in the Northeast Atlantic around Scotland

Fionn Murphy, Marie Russell, Ciaran Ewins, Brian Quinn

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Abstract

This study reports plastic ingestion in various fish found from coastal and offshore sites in Scottish marine waters. Coastal samples consisted of three demersal flatfish species (n = 128) collected from the East and West coasts of Scotland. Offshore samples consisted of 5 pelagic species and 4 demersal species (n = 84) collected from the Northeast Atlantic. From the coastal fish sampled, 47.7% of the gastrointestinal tracts contained macroplastic and microplastic. Of the 84 pelagic and demersal offshore fish, only 2 (2.4%) individuals from different species had ingested plastic identified as a clear polystyrene fibre and a black polyamide fibre. The average number of plastic items found per fish from all locations that had ingested plastic was 1.8 (±1.7) with polyamide (65.3%), polyethylene terephthalate (14.4%) and acrylic (14.4%) being the three most commonly found plastics. This study adds to the existing data on macroplastic and microplastic ingestion in fish species.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-359
Number of pages7
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume122
Early online date10 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Macroplastic Microplastic Fish Ingestion Northeast Atlantic

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