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Abstract Title:

Microplastics in fishes from the Northern Bay of Bengal.

Abstract Source:

Sci Total Environ. 2019 Jul 5 ;690:821-830. Epub 2019 Jul 5. PMID: 31302547

Abstract Author(s):

M Shahadat Hossain, Faisal Sobhan, Mohammad Nasir Uddin, S M Sharifuzzaman, Sayedur Rahman Chowdhury, Subrata Sarker, M Shah Nawaz Chowdhury

Article Affiliation:

M Shahadat Hossain

Abstract:

Microplastics were determined in pink Bombay-duck (Harpadon nehereus), white Bombay-duck (H. translucens) and gold-stripe sardine (Sardinella gibbosa) collected from the Northern Bay of Bengal at Bangladesh. Gastrointestinal tracts of fishes (n = 25 per species) were examined for microplastics following alkali digestion protocol, microscopic observations and chemical analysis by micro-Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscope (μ-FTIR). A total of 443 microplastic items were found in the intestines of H. nehereus, H. translucens and S. gibbosa, averaging in the range of 3.20-8.72 items per species. Among various shapes, colours and types of microplastics, irregular (37-43%), white/transparent (26-68%) and fiber (50-55%) were dominant. The size fraction of microplastics ranging between 1 μm and 5 mm was 68-84 items/kg biomass, and μ-FTIR analysis identified 13 particles of polyethylene terephthalate and 66 particles of polyamide. The study findings raised concern that microplastics in marine fish could be a threat to public health via the food chain.

Study Type : Animal Study, Environmental
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