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Garbage In, Garbage Out: Fish in Ocean Full of Pollutants

Source: Fishsens Magazine/Daniel Kelly - February 9, 2016 in Environment

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Fish in Ocean Full of Pollutants
Photo: Fishwatch.gov

The ocean fish you eat may be tasty, but it’s also very likely they’re full of pollutants, according to the results of a new study.

Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography completed a large-scale data analysis to make the call, looking at datasets in hundreds of peer-reviewed journals from 1969 to 2012 on the subject.

The results of their broad-sweeping analysis is a realization that fish living in our oceans are full of pollutants. All of the old mainstays are there, like mercury and DDT (an insecticide), but new ones are popping up too. These include the likes of flame retardants and even coolant liquids.

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