The Rise of Plastic in Seafood
Unfortunately, according to a 2015 study, an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the sea each year. It is also widely thought that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans! Yes, you read that correctly – unless something is done in your or your children’s lifetime, this could be the grim reality.
The old saying “Out of sight, out of mind” means that lots of people overlook or simply don’t pay attention to an array of marine problems, such as fishing methods (bottom trawling, longline), overfishing and the pollution of the oceans, to name a few. Now, with the rise of plastics being detected in seafood (particularly mussels, oysters and other shellfish), it may still be out of sight but not the mind. Even more so, in this day and age, where there is a big focus on healthy eating and understanding what is actually in our food.
If it is not bad enough that marine animals are dying because of pollution (in 2008 a dead sperm whale was found with 205 kg of fish nets, plastic and other synthetic debris inside it, which caused either a blockage in its digestive tract or its stomach to rupture), plastic may now be contaminating what is a vital food source for billions of people.
Unless something is done, marine pollution will only get worse, which in turn will increase the amount of plastic entering the food chain via seafood. Together, we as humans can help fight this plague and, on the whole, I think most people would prefer their salad nicoise “sans plastique”.
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