Microplastic waste found in Trang mackerel

Microplastic waste found in Trang mackerel

Fish on sale at a Trang fresh market. Researchers have found microplastic waste in the stomachs of mackerel caught in Trang province. (Photo by Methee Muangkaew)
Fish on sale at a Trang fresh market. Researchers have found microplastic waste in the stomachs of mackerel caught in Trang province. (Photo by Methee Muangkaew)

TRANG: Researchers have found microplastic in the stomach of mackerel caught in this southern province and will expand their study to include fish meat and shellfish.

Saowalak Khaosaeng, research assistant at the provincial Marine National Park Operation Centre 3, said they began the research after daily morning study of sea debris revealed it was having an affect on the food chain in the sea off Hat Chao Mai beach, the habitat of affordable commercial fish.

Researchers at the centre then collected mackerel from coastal fishermen near the Hat Chao Mai National Park, and examined the fish stomachs. They found an average 78 pieces of microplastic 1-5 millimetres across in the stomach of each collected mackerel, she said.

Ocean currents and saltiness broke plastic waste down into microplastic which the mackerel ate, mistaking  it for food, Ms Saowalak said.

The centre planned to expand its research to include mackerel meat and other popular commercial marine life, including shellfish, and its affect on their health, she said.

"This research is intended to make people aware how waste should be disposed of and what the ecosystems are today.

Sea debris becomes a crisis. Everyone should help solve the root cause, especially by reducing the amount of waste dumped," Ms Saowalak said.

Asked if the finding could discourage people from eating mackerel, she said plastic debris was certainly not found only in mackerel.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (16)

Exports may shrink 15% this year: shippers

Thailand's exports may contract by 15% this year as the coronavirus pandemic hits global demand and a stubbornly strong baht adds to pressure, a shipping association said on Tuesday.

15:48

China accuses US of 'outright bullying' over TikTok

BEIJING: China accused the United States on Tuesday of "outright bullying" over popular video app TikTok, after President Donald Trump ramped up pressure for its US operations to be sold to an American company.

15:45

Another suspect in ancient manuscripts theft arrested

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: An official has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of "hundreds" of invaluable historical manuscripts from the Arts and Cultural Centre of Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University.

15:25