A new study finds 73 percent of mesopelagic fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic had microplastics in their stomachs -- one of the highest levels globally. Typically living at depths of 200-1,000 meters, these fish could spread microplastic pollution throughout the marine ecosystem, by carrying microplastics from the surface down to deeper waters. They are also prey for fish eaten by humans, meaning that microplastics could indirectly contaminate our food supply.
- Frontiers in Marine Science
- National University of Ireland Galway, MarineInstitute, Marine Research Programme by the Irish Government, JPI Oceans, Science Foundation Ireland, European Regional Development Fund, and others