All Seafood Samples Contained Microplastics in a Study

Researchers from the QUEX Institute performed a study in which they analyzed seafood from an Australian market for microplastics and found that it was present in every sample they took for analysis.All Seafood Samples Contained Microplastics in a Study

For the study, the scientists purchased five kinds of seafood such as 5 wild blue crabs, 10 oysters, 10 farmed tiger prawns, 10 wild squid, and 10 wild sardines.

To extract probable plastic, the researchers put each sample into an alkaline solvent and agitated it at 60 degrees Celsius in a shaker incubator. After the solvent had completely digested the sample, the scientists analyzed the solution for any plastic present.

The authors write in their paper: “Each of the analyzed seafood species of this study has different biological, physiological, and anatomic features and lives in different compartments of the marine environment, which influences the uptake and potential accumulation of microplastics.”

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