Researchers find predatory fishes ingesting plastic

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A new study from the University of Hawaii at Manoa may have you second guessing the fish you eat.

UHM researchers C. Anela Choy and Jeffrey C. Drazen say large predatory fishes found in waters around Hawaii are eating large amounts of plastic and other marine debris. These fishes include tuna and billfish.

The researchers say the fish that ate the most plastic were opah, also known as moonfish.

Scientists think either the fishes are coming to the surface to feed, or the debris is sinking into the deep ocean.

It’s still not known what effects fishes eating plastic has on people who eat the fishes.

Choy CA, Drazen JC (2013) Plastic for dinner? Observations of frequent debris ingestion by pelagic predatory fishes from the central North Pacific. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 485:155-163 

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