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Quantification and characterization of microplastics in commercial fish from southern New Zealand


Clere, IK and Ahmmed, F and Remoto, PJG and Fraser-Miller, SJ and Gordon, KC and Komyakova, V and Allen, BJM, Quantification and characterization of microplastics in commercial fish from southern New Zealand, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 184 Article 114121. ISSN 0025-326X (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.114121


Plastics are ubiquitous throughout global marine ecosystems. To date, there has been limited research on the prevalence of microplastic ingestion by commercially important marine fish in the southern hemisphere, particularly in the South Pacific. Therefore, this research aimed to quantify ingested microplastics from ten commercially important fish species from southern New Zealand using microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Overall, we found evidence of microplastic ingestion in 75 % of fish, with an average of 2.5 individual particles per fish. Microplastic fibers were the most commonly ingested. The most common colored microplastics ingested were blue, black and red, and 99.68 % of plastics identified were smaller than 5 mm. Raman spectroscopy of plastics recovered from nine fish species found polyethylene and polypropylene to be the most common plastic polymers ingested. Further research is necessary to ascertain the human ecological and health risks involved when exposed to microplastics through eating plastic contaminated fish.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine plastic pollution, contamination, ingestion, seafood, South Pacific, Raman spectroscopy
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Komyakova, V (Dr Valeriya Komyakova)
ID Code:153550
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2022-09-24
Last Modified:2022-11-28

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