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Plastic Contaminates Salt, Fish

Plastic pollution of the sea is increasingly alarming. Apart from poisoning marine organisms, plastic pollution also threatens mankind. Two recent studies have found microplastics in Indonesian maritime products.

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A scavenger uses a boat to collect plastic waste from the Tubagus Angke River, North Jakarta, Saturday (21/8/2010). Most of the garbage that is thrown into the river is carried away into the sea.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS — Plastic pollution of the sea is increasingly alarming. Apart from poisoning marine organisms, plastic pollution also threatens mankind. Two recent studies have found microplastics in Indonesian maritime products.

The separate studies, one from Hasanuddin University in Makassar, South Sulawesi, and the other from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences’ (LIPI) oceanographic research center, have found microplastics in salt and fish from Indonesia. “We found 10-20 microplastic particles in 1 kilogram of salt. The type of plastic is similar to that in the water, sedimentation and [marine] biota,” LIPI ecotoxicologist and marine chemist Reza Cordova said in Jakarta on Thursday (29/11/2018).

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