New paper “Microplastics: No Small Problem for Filter-Feeding Megafauna”

Researchers from the US, Australia and Italy, in a study published in in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, looked at data on threats to large filter feeders from microplastics.

Summary

Microplastic pollution can impact filter-feeding marine megafauna, namely mobulid rays, filter-feeding sharks, and baleen whales. Emerging research on these flagship species highlights potential exposure to microplastic contamination and plastic-associated toxins. Research and its wide communication are needed to understand the magnitude of the issue and improve marine stewardship.

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