Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Plastic & Fibres Being Found in Fish


A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports found that about one-quarter of fish marketed in California and Indonesia have bits of plastic and man-made fibres in their bellies. But don’t worry about it. 

The authors, from the University of California (UC), Davis, and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia, sampled 64 fish across 12 different species at Half Moon Bay and Princeton in California, and 76 fish from 11 different species sold in markets in Makassar, Indonesia. The species sampled included mackerel, herring, bass, and oysters.

There was a noticeable difference between the types of debris found in fish in Indonesia and California. While fibers made up about 80 percent of what was in the guts of California fish, plastic made up the vast majority of debris found in fish marketed in Indonesia.

Human-made waste appearing in seafood raises issues about both human health and the health of marine life, the authors say. They believe that even a small amount of the plastic and man-made fibres that’s half-passed through a fish could be physically harmful, leading to bodily inflammation, damage to the gastrointestinal tract and cell death.

But you don’t need to worry about it! Just add a little bit more lemon than you usually do and garnish it with dill. This simple, yet explosive combination of flavour will ensure that you don’t taste any yucky plastic or man-made fibres and lead you to think your cells are dying simply because of entropy.

Doesn’t that make you feel better?

2 thoughts on “Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Plastic & Fibres Being Found in Fish

  1. I think about this stuff a lot but I suspect my usual anaesthetic kicks in after a while, the one based on the idea that we’re all individuals out for nothing but ourselves. I’m old enough not to worry, my kids won’t have to eat fish from the Eastern Pacific, etc. etc. Collective responsibility means nothing in a world where all that counts is number one. How we get from here to there needs some wise, unselfish, visionary minds on the job. Huh, if a thousand monkeys sat down at a thousand typewriters … we’ll need more than crossed fingers!


  2. Sheez, don’t start a panic! The stuff in food is nothing compared to all the invisible (yet still smelly) gases we’re breathing all day long in traffic, cities and office buildings.
    Not to mention all the contamination falling with every rain drop.
    But don’t tell anyone…

    Could be worse, we could be in China.



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