Microplastic pollution in Taiwan waters escalates in summer: group

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/23/2020
By: Chang Hsiung-feng and Chiang Yi-ching

A member of the Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation holds a sample of the microplastic plastic waste they have found in Taiwan’s waters/ CNA file photo

Taipei, Aug. 23 (CNA) The density of microplastics in Taiwan's waters is highest in summer, possibly because of the equipment used for oyster farming, an environmental group said recently, after a 10-month study.

The study, conducted by the Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation, built on its work in 2018, when it gave its first analysis of microplastic pollution in the waters around Taiwan.

The foundation found microplastics — pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters in length — at all of its selected test sites around Taiwan that year, with the highest density of pollution in the water samples collected on the country's northeastern and southwestern coasts.

In its latest study, which was conducted June 2019 to March 2020, the foundation focused on those two areas and analyzed ocean samples collected throughout the year.   [FULL  STORY]

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