Microplastics choking coral on Great Barrier Reef


Corals are half plant and half animal. Turbidity in seawater blocks sunlight, which stifles photosynthetic growth. This story is about new research which identifies that animal component of coral ingests micro plastics which accumulate in the gut which, again, kills growth.

Senior Lecturer in Marine Sciences at James Cook University, Dr Mia Hoogenboom, has been studying the effect of the microplastics on coral. ‘We found that Coral ingests plastics at approximately the same rate as they eat their normal food sources.’ After dissecting coral tissue, Dr Hoogenboom and her team found plastics deep within the gut cavity, indicating that they are not able to process them back out. As a result, she says microplastics are contributing to the overall slow death of coral in the Great Barrier Reef

When will the Clever Country start to learn?

>readmore> ABC RN Afternoons

About groundswellbasscoast

This is on behalf of local climate change group. Material is selected by Bernie McComb and does not necessarily represent opinion of whole group.
This entry was posted in Events local and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s