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Mon, 6th Jun 2016

Fish Prefer Plastic Over Food

Fish larvae with belly full of microbeads (c) Oona Lönnstedt

Earlier this year, the US banned microparticle beads from personal care products, but Europe has yet to follow suit. Now, researchers from Uppsala University are increasing the urgency as for the first time, they have been able to show that fish actually prefer to eat microplastic particles rather than their own food of zooplankton, causing disastrous effects to their survival. Fanny Yuen spoke with Dr. Oona Lönnstedt to better understand the issue.

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