Microplastics are solid plastic items less than 5mm in size. They were first detected in the marine environment several decades ago and are now known to occur in all of the world’s oceans. Evidence is mounting that microplastics are being ingested by a variety of marine and freshwater organisms. They might even be entering the food chain and be eaten by humans. The Scottish Government has recognised microplastics as an area of concern and included them in the Scottish marine litter strategy. We are supporting research into the presence and distribution of microplastics in Scottish freshwater and marine environments, as…

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