What happens to plastics when we put them in the recycling container? Some may go to be reused, but due to the ubiquity of plastics in our consumer and food products they are making their way into the ocean as fragments and as they break down further they are also taken up by fish. As plastics degrade they shrink into smaller and smaller pieces, but they don't magically disappear. Our guest is Katherine Lasdin, a MS student in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department, who studies the abundances of microplastics in black rockfish off the Oregon coast. Her work focuses on figuring out if plastics are eaten or absorbed by fish and whether being near protected Marine Reserves has an impact on the quantity of plastics in fish. Be sure to listen to learn more about how plastics are impacting ocean ecosystems, and what you can do to help. Hosted by Adrian Gallo and Daniel Watkins.
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