Seafood Eaters May Be Ingesting Up To 11,000 Microplastic Particles A Year

Microplastics are widely found in mussels and other shellfish. bitt24/Shutterstock

Dr Colin Janssen from Ghent University in Belgium, who led the research, told Sky News the discovery of accumulated plastics in the body is of urgent concern.

“Now we've established that they do enter our body and can stay there for quite a while, we do need to know the fate of the plastics,” he said. “Where do they go? Are they encapsulated by tissue and forgotten about by the body, or are they causing inflammation or doing other things? Are chemicals leaching out of these plastics and then causing toxicity? We don't know and actually, we do need to know.”

Research last year suggested that by 2050, plastic in the ocean may outweigh fish. The statistics showed that there are more than five trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans, with the equivalent of one rubbish truck dumping its entire load into the sea every minute. By 2050, this is expected to rise to four rubbish trucks.

Readers in the UK can watch A Plastic Tide on Sky Atlantic tonight at 8pm GMT (3pm EST) as part of Sky’s new Ocean Rescue campaign, launching today. The campaign aims to educate and inspire people to change their behavior towards our oceans. While other platforms are being silenced on the subject of climate change and human-made damage to the planet, it’s good to see a global corporation step up and be heard.  

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