Study: Microplastics Impact Development of Lobster Larvae
Microplastic pollution negatively impacts the development of lobster larvae according to new research published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin.
Fibers in microplastic affect lobster’s feeding and respiration and it could prevent larvae from reaching adulthood.
“In today's ocean, organisms are exposed to so many environmental factors that affect how many make it to the next stage of life,” said Paty Matrai, a study author and senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. “Lobsters play a fundamental role in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem as well as the state’s economy, and it is important that we understand how pollutants impact their development..."
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