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Mon Jun 7, 2021, 06:08 PM

Picture of Chesapeake microplastics grows clearer.

New study looks at risks to striped bass.

'Scientists have long suspected that the tiny plastic particles floating in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers ó consumed by a growing number of aquatic species ó are anything but harmless.

Now, studies by a regional workgroup are beginning to clarify the connections between the presence of microplastics and the harm they could be causing in the Bay region. This research, combined with international interest in microplastics, is setting the stage for more informed management decisions and a flurry of additional studies.

Globally, microplastics have been found in the air we breathe, the food we eat and in human organs ó even in mothersí placentas. Itís possible that humans are ingesting a credit cardís worth of microplastics every week. One of the ways people consume plastics is by eating seafood, though the tiny particles can also be swirling around in tap and bottled water. Assessing the risk of plastic consumption by humans is one important research goal.

In the Chesapeake Bay region, researchers also want to understand how microplastics could be impacting local ecosystems and aquatic species. A workgroup of the Chesapeake Bay Program, a state-federal partnership that leads the Bay restoration effort, identified microplastics in 2018 as a contaminant of mounting concern. A 2014 survey of four tidal tributaries to the Bay found microplastics in 59 out of 60 samples of various marine animals, with higher concentrations near urban areas. A Bay survey the next year found them in every sample collected.'>>>


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Mon Jun 7, 2021, 06:36 PM

1. ' possible . . . ingesting a credit card's worth of microplastics every week.'

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Mon Jun 7, 2021, 06:38 PM

2. I guess it's good that I don't eat much (of anything.)

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