Photo: Paul lions / RIA Novosti
About 70 percent of the garbage in the Barents sea is plastic. So much of it discovered by scientists from Russia and Norway in the samples collected during joint expeditions. About it RIA Novosti said the head of research programmes in the Barents sea and the Arctic Institute of marine research, Norway Elena Eriksen.
According to her, the situation requires study, but it is not critical — the plastic debris is less than in some other areas. “And yet it is the number of threatened birds, fish of this region,” — said the scientist.
Eriksen said that researchers have yet to figure out how the fish reacts to the microplastics, what’s going on with her body, what will happen to the person using the fish as food. The answers to these questions it is planned to obtain in the framework of a Russian-Norwegian research projects. “This is a brand new specialty practices and research while not so much”, she added.
Collaborative research research staff of the two countries held on the waters of the Barents sea, which examines the state of the sea, changes in its ecosystem, inventories of biological resources, volumes and characteristics of marine debris.
Earlier it was reported that the Barents sea was the most littered in the Arctic.
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