Microplastics in Juvenile Commercial Fish from an Estuarine Environment

Filipa Bessa, Pablo Barria, João M. Neto, João P. G. L. Frias, Vanessa Otero, Paula Sobral, João Carlos Marques

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Abstract

Microplastic ingestion has been reported by a range of marine fish species, but less known is the level of microplastic contamination by fish species from transitional ecosystems such as estuaries. The aim of this study was to assess the ingestion of microplastics by three important commercial fish species: the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), the commom two-banded seabream (Diplodus vulgaris) and the European flounder (Platichthys flesus) from the Mondego estuary (Portugal). Microplastics were extracted from the gastrointestinal tract of 120 individuals after a digestion solution (10% KOH). A total of 157 microplastics were extracted from the total fish (96% fibers and 4% fragments), with 1.67 ± 0.27 (SD) microplastics per fish. The main plastic polymers identified by μ-FTIR were polyethylene, polypropylene, rayon, polyester, polyacrylonitrile and nylon.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea
EditorsM. Cocca, E. Di Pace, M. E. Errico, G. Gentile, A. Montarsolo, R. Mossotti
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Pages131-135
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-71279-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-71278-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea - Capri, Italy
Duration: 26 Sept 201729 Sept 2017

Publication series

NameSpringer Water
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
ISSN (Print)2364-6934
ISSN (Electronic)2364-8198

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityCapri
Period26/09/1729/09/17

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