Microplastics in fisheries and aquaculture


Amy Lusher, Peter Hollman, Jeremy Mendoza-Hill

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Lusher, A., Peter Hollman, Jeremy Mendoza-Hill. "Microplastics in fisheries and aquaculture: Status of knowledge on their occurrence and implications for aquatic organisms and food safety." FAO, 2017.


FAO was requested to contribute specifically on fisheries and aquaculture; the two main concerns were to assess the potential impact of microplastics on consumers’ health and perception, and understand the potential consequences on fish productivity as physiological processes are likely to be affected by microplastics (because of their occurrence and of the presence of additives and contaminants contained in the plastic). This report is meant to contribute to take stock of the scientific knowledge available, provide information on the most likely pathways in terms of sources, transport and distribution in both marine food chains and seafood value chains, and provide a framework to assess the risks that may (or not) affect commercial fish stocks and consumers.

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