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Mussels contaminated with plastic particles

Mussels contaminated with plastic particles
From BBC - October 8, 2017

Almost two thirds of mussels in the sea around Kent are contaminated with plastic particles, research has shown.

Mussel samples were collected from four of Kent's beaches by BBC's Inside Out investigation team.

Dr Stephanie Wright from Kings College London found on average 60% of the shellfish contained micro-plastic.

Environmental scientists are growing concerned over the repercussions of plastics entering the food chain and being consumed by humans.

In Ramsgate, 80% of the creatures were contaminated, while in Herne Bay it was 40%. No site was free of plastic.

Rob Dyer, from the Kent and Essex Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA), said the results were shocking and the plastic getting into mussel tissue could cause the animals stress and reduce their ability to reproduce.

It is estimated that between five and 13 million tonnes of plastic is dumped in the sea every year - 10,000-27,000 tonnes in the UK.

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