Navigation Links
Scripps study finds plastic in 9 percent of 'garbage patch' fishes
Date:6/30/2011

The first scientific results from an ambitious voyage led by a group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego offer a stark view of human pollution and its infiltration of an area of the ocean that has been labeled as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

Two graduate students with the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition, or SEAPLEX, found evidence of plastic waste in more than nine percent of the stomachs of fish collected during their voyage to the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Based on their evidence, authors Peter Davison and Rebecca Asch estimate that fish in the intermediate ocean depths of the North Pacific ingest plastic at a rate of roughly 12,000- to 24,000 tons per year.

Their results were published June 27 in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.

During the SEAPLEX voyage in August 2009, a team of Scripps graduate students traveled more than 1,000 miles west of California to the eastern sector of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre aboard the Scripps research vessel New Horizon. Over 20 days the students, New Horizon crew and expedition volunteers conducted comprehensive and rigorous scientific sampling at numerous locations. They collected fish specimens, water samples and marine debris at depths ranging from the sea surface to thousands of feet depth (See SEAPLEX Oceanographic Equipment).

Of the 141 fishes spanning 27 species dissected in the study, Davison and Asch found that 9.2 percent of the stomach contents of mid-water fishes contained plastic debris, primarily broken-down bits smaller than a human fingernail. The researchers say the majority of the stomach plastic pieces were so small their origin could not be determined.

"About nine percent of examined fishes contained plastic in their stomach. That is an underestimate of the true ingestion rate because a fish may regurgitate or pass a plastic item, or even die from eating
'/>"/>

Contact: Mario Aguilera or Robert Monroe
scrippsnews@ucsd.edu
858-534-3624
University of California - San Diego
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Scripps research team solves structure of beneficial virus
2. Scripps research team sheds light on immune system suppression
3. Scripps Florida scientists awarded $1.5M to fight major water and food parasites
4. Scripps research scientists identify compounds for stem-cell production from adult cells
5. Scripps research scientists identify blood component that turns bacteria virulent
6. Scripps research team defines new painkilling chemical pathway
7. Dolphin population stunted by fishing activities, Scripps/NOAA study finds
8. Scripps Research scientists shed light on how DNA is unwound so that its code can be read
9. Scripps scientists develop first examples of RNA that replicates itself indefinitely
10. Scripps scientists create first crystal structure of an intermediate particle in virus assembly
11. Historical photographs expose decline in Floridas reef fish, new Scripps study finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Scripps study finds plastic in 9 percent of 'garbage patch' fishes
(Date:1/22/2015)... TORONTO , Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Today, FindBiometrics, the ... announced the launch of its new website design. ... in its infancy", says Peter O,Neill , founder and ... ever, the industry needs involvement from the key players on ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015  BellBrook Labs, a leader in high throughput ... of a TR-FRET (time resolved Forster resonance energy ... a high throughput screening assay for glycosyltransferases and ... for sensitive detection of hundreds of human and ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... NEW YORK and POINT ROBERTS, Washington ... global news source covering leading sectors including technology and tech ... Personal Privacy marketplace featuring master pickpocket and security consultant ... wallet is stolen and talks about the Wocket™ biometric smart ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Identity Industry Leading Publication Debuts New Look As Biometrics Hit Mainstream 2BellBrook Labs Launches a High Throughput Screening Assay for Glycosyltransferases with TR-FRET Readout 2Apollo Robbins Talks about the Illusion of Personal Safety and How Easily Your Wallet is Stolen; If a Wocket Wallet is Stolen the Thief Can't do Anything With it! 2Apollo Robbins Talks about the Illusion of Personal Safety and How Easily Your Wallet is Stolen; If a Wocket Wallet is Stolen the Thief Can't do Anything With it! 3
... woodland creatures, including woodlice, millipedes and worms, can help ... according to new research from Cardiff University. Huge ... compete with each other for space and resources and, ... woodland floor have the potential to govern the outcome ...
... have discovered how living organisms including humans avoid ... Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that can prove ... with faulty domestic heating systems and car fumes, and is ... monoxide chemical symbol CO is also produced within ...
... Bio World 2011 - China,s largest conference and ... bring together CEOs and senior executives from China ... biopharmaceutical companies. They will discuss and debate on ... well as exchange insights in biomanufacturing and cell ...
Cached Biology News:Peacekeeping creatures help maintain woodland diversity 2Scientists reveal how organisms avoid carbon monoxide poisoning 2Bio World 2011 - Shaping the Future of China's Biopharmaceutical Industry 2Bio World 2011 - Shaping the Future of China's Biopharmaceutical Industry 3
(Date:2/26/2015)... 26, 2015 The healthcare landscape is rapidly and ... & Sullivan will host its 20 th Anniversary ... March 8 to 10, at the Hilton San Diego Resort ... This event is a platform for global medical ... industry disruptions and how to succeed in an uncertain future. ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... PA (PRWEB) February 26, 2015 ... 9 -12, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention ... exhibitors (count as of February 19, 2015) displaying ... in industrial, academic, and government labs. The Exposition ... as, but not limited to, analytical chemistry; drug ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... (PRWEB) February 26, 2015 Innovation ... are emerging from unexpected parts of the world ... From agriculture to manufacturing to health care, ... and environmental realities and socio-political trends shake the ... the key ingredient for CEOs to survive the ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... According to a new market report ... Transgenic Crops (Corn, Soybean, Cotton and Others), Synthetic Biology-Enabled ... Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019,”the global agricultural ... 2012 and is expected to reach USD 28,694.1 million ... 2013 to 2019. , Demand for food production ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Embrace the Future of Medical Technologies with Frost & Sullivan 2Embrace the Future of Medical Technologies with Frost & Sullivan 3Pittcon 2015 Announces Exposition Highlights 2One Million Acts of Innovation Canada Creates Partnership with The Economist Events’ Innovation Forum 2Global Agricultural Biotechnology Market is Expected to Reach USD 28,694.1 Million in 2019 : Transparency Market Research 2Global Agricultural Biotechnology Market is Expected to Reach USD 28,694.1 Million in 2019 : Transparency Market Research 3
... Kavli Institute of Nanoscience and the Foundation for Fundamental ... spin of a single electron merely by using electric ... realization of the building blocks of a (future) super-fast ... Science Express on Thursday 1 November. , Controlling the ...
... Anadys Pharmaceuticals,Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDS ), a biopharmaceutical ... medicines in the areas of hepatitis C and,oncology, ... quarter ended,September 30, 2007 and operational highlights. ... transition for Anadys,",said Steve Worland, Ph.D., President and ...
... Symmetry Medical Inc.,(NYSE: SMA ), a leading independent ... other medical markets, today announced it,will provide a third ... Company will host an accompanying conference call at 8:00 ... Web cast of the conference call will be available ...
Cached Biology Technology:Delft University of Technology rotates electron spin with electric field 2Anadys Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Operational Highlights 2Anadys Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Operational Highlights 3Anadys Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Operational Highlights 4Anadys Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Operational Highlights 5Anadys Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Operational Highlights 6Anadys Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Operational Highlights 7Anadys Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Operational Highlights 8Anadys Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Operational Highlights 9Symmetry Medical to Provide Third Quarter 2007 General Business Update on November 7, 2007 2
Recommended for use as a cell culture substratum at 0.1-0.2 mg/cm 2 or 5-10 μl/cm 2 . Optimal concentration depends on cell type as well as the application or research objectives. Type B...
... FROM LIGHT. Useful in cell activation experiments when calcium ... TLC. Soluble in DMSO or EtOH. For ... stock in DMSO is recommended. Microliter amounts of this ... rapid mixing (e.g. 10 μl into 5 ml of ...
... poorly to Protein A and, until recently, no ... step IgM purification. Standard methods for IgM purification ... not effective for removing all of the major ... Pierce has developed an easy-to-use affinity ...
... 3′-(α-Amino- p- methoxyhydrocinnamamido)-3′-deoxy-N,N-dimethyladenosine, 2HCl ... FROM MOISTURE. Protein synthesis inhibitor. Inhibits ... nascent polypeptide chains. Induces DNA fragmentation ... leukemia cells. Purity: ≥98% by ...
Biology Products: