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Published on Wednesday, 05 October 2016

Scientist warns we are "plasticising world's oceans"

Written by Brett Mathews
Nicholas Mallos, director with the Trash Free Seas Programme at the Ocean Conservatory

Nicholas Mallos, director with the Trash Free Seas Programme at the Ocean Conservatory

HAMBURG - A world leading conservation biologist has warned that the vast abundance of micro fibres which are now leaching into the sea means we are in danger of "plasticising the world's oceans." Nicholas Mallos, director with the Trash Free Seas Programme at the Ocean Conservatory told delegates at the ongoing Textile Exchange conference in Germany that the risk around micro fibres in the sea is not just their sheer abundance - there are now believed to be 1.4 trillion micro fibres on the sea floor - but that such fibres have a surface area to volume ratio, which means they can adsorb significant quantities of pollutants. These pollutants, the scale and type of which is a great unknown, could potentially enter the food chain.


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