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Expert: There Will Be More Plastic In The Ocean Than Fish By 2050

  By 2050, there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish. University of the South Pacific senior lecturer from the School of Marine Studies, Doctor Marta Ferreira, confirmed
12 May 2017 11:00
Expert: There Will Be More Plastic In The Ocean Than Fish By 2050
Piles of plastic rubbish at Suva Point foreshore on May 11, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

By 2050, there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish.

University of the South Pacific senior lecturer from the School of Marine Studies, Doctor Marta Ferreira, confirmed this yesterday during a joint press conference with Ocean Champion and Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau.

The press conference was to reveal steps Fiji will take to cut down on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags.

Ms Ferreira is currently leading a team of students to collect data on the presence of plastic molecules in the ocean and in fish.

While consistent data is yet to be collated, sufficient evidence is there to state that the seafood we consume have plastic pieces in them.

While applauding the initiative the Fijian Government is taking to clean our oceans, Ms Ferreira said action must be taken now.

She has confirmed that a number of fish that Fijians eat daily have particles of plastics which is then ingested by consumers.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 



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