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Fish Ingesting Plastic Waste, Study Finds

By Bettina Wassener

- Published on November 15, 2011 by New York Times

More than 250 million tons of plastic is produced around the world each year. About seven million tons of it ends up in the world’s oceans, according to some estimates.

Scripps Institution of OceanographyA patch of garbage in the Pacific observed by researchers in 2009.

Now, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have put a figure on how much of that plastic is swallowed by fish that dwell in the northern Pacific Ocean: somewhere between 12,000 and 24,000 tons a year.

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