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Title: Evidence of microplastic ingestion by cultured European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)
Authors: Reinold, Stefanie 
Herrera Ulibarri, Alicia 
Saliu, Francesco
Hernández-González, Carlos
Martínez Sánchez, Ico 
Lasagni, Marina
Gómez Cabrera, María Milagrosa 
UNESCO Clasification: 310502 Piscicultura
250811 Calidad de las aguas
Keywords: Pollution
Seafood, et al
Issue Date: 2021
Project: Evaluación de los riesgos derivados de la contaminación marina por microplásticos 
Journal: Marine Pollution Bulletin 
Abstract: The presence of microplastics (MPs) in the marine environment is a concerning topic due to the ecotoxicological effects and possible seafood contamination. Data is needed to evaluate human exposure and assess risks, in the context of a healthy and beneficial seafood consumption. While microplastic ingestion by wild fish has been reported since the early 70‘s, farmed fish are rarely investigated. Here, for the first time the presence of microplastics in fish cultivated in the coastal water of Tenerife (Canary Island, Spain) was evaluated. From 83 examined individuals, 65% displayed microplastics in their gastrointestinal tracts, with averages between 0.6 ± 0.8 (SD) and 2.7 ± 1.85 (SD) particles per fish. The total number of microplastics detected was 119. Fibres (81%) and fragments (12%) were the predominant shapes. FTIR analysis showed that fibres were mostly composed by Cellulose (55%) and Nylon (27%), whereas fragments by PE (25%) and PP (25%).
ISSN: 0025-326X
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112450
Source: Marine Pollution Bulletin [ISSN 0025-326X], v. 168 (112450)
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