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New discovery leads to a whole new meaning of “trash fish” Public Deposited

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  • Fishes are the most abundant vertebrates and new species are being described every month. One new species has been living right under our noses and has actually evolved to live with our trash. Students at Oregon State University were conducting a trash cleanup on the Mary’s River in Corvallis, when they noticed small fish inside of bottles and cans that were pulled from the river. At first, they feared the fish were becoming trapped in trash. Human garbage polluting rivers and oceans is a serious issue. The giant Pacific garbage patch is a well known problem and sea life washing up on beaches dead and full of plastic is commonplace. Microplastics can bioaccumulate in fish and we can ingest them when we eat seafood. The microplastic issue is not limited to oceans. It have been found in rivers, including in both the water and the sediment (Lin et al 2018). After the students found several dozen of these small fish, they decided to alert the local fish experts, Dr. Sid and his class of ichthyology students.
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