Microplastics In Marine Environments

Tharushi Fernando

September 24, 2022


The increase settlement of microplastics in marine environments around the world is widely known. Research documenting effects of microplastics on marine environments has been published throughout with the increasing effects of global warming. A recent study done by Otago University conducted over an year concluded after examining 155 fish belonging to 10 different species from New Zealander’s southern waters found three-quarters of fish to contain microplastics including Red cod and Tarakihi. Most of the microplastics (98%) were 3mm in length and were from packaging, clothes and fishing nets.

“We need to be conscious of our plastic use and potential misuse and how that’s getting into the natural environment and potentially affecting ourselves but in terms of eating it that’s just a personal choice really.”