Microplastics in the environment: An investigation into how they affect fish and potential risks for the aquaculture industry
Microplastic research has expanded rapidly in recent years, as has both public communication via media sources, as well as policy decisions. This is partly due to a perceived risk associated with exposure, driving concerns about microplastics in the environment and in our food. However, this risk is not grounded in a proper risk assessment based on both 1. data describing both exposure levels with 2. knowledge concerning hazards, or negative impacts on organisms.
We aim to combine studies of one unexplored environment, recirculating aquaculture systems, together with functional biological studies of impacts on a commercially important fish for human consumption.