Tiny Plastic Pellets Found On 73% Of UK Beaches

Tiny Plastic Pellets Found On 73% Of UK Beaches.

Fidra is a charity based in East Lothian, Scotland, and they seek to find ways to engage local concerns over current and emerging environmental issues, and use this to contribute to wider dialogue at national and international levels. Once concerns have been identified, Fidra uses scientific evidence and research best practice to establish how to influence positive environmental change. One such recent project was The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt earlier this month. Nurdles are small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil. Countless billions are used each year to make nearly all our plastic products, but many end up being washed up on our shores – the results of industrial spills and mishandling. Our planet’s oceans are now accumulating nurdles in worryingly large numbers. Unlike large pieces of plastic marine litter, nurdles are so small that they go largely unnoticed. However scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about their effect on our delicate marine ecosystem as fish and crustaceans digest them.

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