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Shellfish caught in British waters has been discovered to include alarming quantities of fibreglass which might be dangerous to people when eaten.

New analysis discovered particles of the glass-reinforced plastic in mussels and oysters in Chichester Harbour, a preferred crusing vacation spot on the south coast of England.

Scientists at Brighton and Portsmouth universities, who compiled a examine revealed final week, concern fibreglass utilized in boat manufacturing and repairs has been breaking down and contaminating our coastal waters.

Particles of it had been detected within the smooth tissue of mussels and oysters collected close to an energetic boatyard within the West Sussex harbour.

The researchers discovered as much as 11,220 fibreglass particles per kilogram in oysters and a couple of,740 particles per kilogram in mussels.

This materials has been extensively utilized in boat manufacture because the Nineteen Sixties and was beforehand thought of innocent.

However, it’s troublesome to get rid of, usually ending up dumped or improperly discarded.

This ends in tiny glass particles getting into the water, the place they are often sucked up by sea creatures.

The researchers say their findings are “disturbing” with potential lethal implications for shellfish and a attainable danger to human well being by the meals chain.

Bivalves corresponding to oysters, mussels, scallops and clams are essential to the well being of marine ecosystems as a result of their skill to sift contaminants out of seawater, leaving it cleaner.

But their filter-feeding habits and stationary nature depart them extremely inclined to accumulating fibreglass particles, which might severely affect their well being.

Ingestion can intervene with their digestive techniques, resulting in physiological stress and loss of life.

Dr Corina Ciocan, principal lecturer of marine biology at Brighton University, mentioned: “This study is the first of its kind to document such extensive contamination in natural bivalve populations.

“It’s a stark reminder of the hidden dangers in our environment.”

Professor Fay Couceiro, of Portsmouth University, added: “It’s a global issue, particularly for island nations with limited landfill space.

“Efforts are being made to find viable disposal solutions but more needs to be done to prevent at sea dumping and onshore burning.

“We’re only just starting to understand the extent of fibreglass contamination.”