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Plastic nightmare continues
12th December 2018

By Sandra Pearce

More than a quarter of fish near the River Thames have eaten plastic, a new study shows.

The research says that 28% of fish in the Thames Estuary have ingested microplastics, while in Scotland's Firth of Clyde Estuary, 39% of fish have been affected.

The study, published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, was carried out by scientists from the University of London’s Royal Holloway, The Natural History Museum and the University of the West of Scotland.

It further found that roughly one-third of 876 fish and shrimp examined from both estuaries had ingested microplastics.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), microplastics are small pieces of plastic less than five millimeters long.

The Marine Conservation Society has said that microplastics in the marine environment can carry toxins that could, potentially, be passed into animal tissue and then carried up the food chain to humans.