Fish in the Thames have guts full of plastic
LONDON — Large numbers of fish in the river Thames have been discovered with plastic inside their guts.
Researchers from Royal Holloway examined two types of fish in the city’s waters, the common flounder and the smelt, and found that up to 75% of the flounder were affected, with 20% of the smelt also containing fibres.
The news comes as the Port of London Authority (PLA) launches a campaign to make people aware of the ways plastic and other debris can make its way into the city’s waterways and beyond.
Some 300 tonnes of rubbish is recovered from the river every year, they say, with the amount of plastics, particularly plastic bottles, growing year on year. Read more…