LONG BEACH (CBS/AP) — Floating plastic is finding its way into the mouths of more sea life off of the Southern California coast, according to a new study.

Researchers from two local marine life groups say about a third of the fish collected in the northern Pacific Ocean had plastic in their stomachs.

The Long Beach-based Algalita Marine Research Foundation and the Costa Mesa-based Southern California Coastal Water Research Project says the study shows the troubling effect floating litter has on marine life.

The study says about 35 percent of the fish collected during a 2008 research expedition had ingested plastic.

Researchers trawled 1,000 miles off the coast for fish living among floating debris in an area known as the Eastern Garbage Patch.

The Los Angeles Times says the fish each ingested an average two pieces of plastic, but plankton-eating lanternfish each had up to 83 plastic fragments.

Researchers are sharing their findings at Friday’s Plastics Are Forever International Youth Summit in Long Beach.

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Comments (10)
  1. Ed Rooney says:

    Environmentalists BSing again. They’re trying to get the message across & ban plastic bags.

  2. Lenny says:

    Of the things to eat in the sea those dumb fish go eating plastic.

    I don’t know why they don’t just ban fish from that part of the sea.

    That way we would only have to worry about illegal fish in the area.

  3. ale says:

    Lenny your an idiot, what do illegals have to do with this story? I’m pretty sure if you read the article on japan’s earthquake you will find some dumb remark to say about illegals too right?. Moron!!!

    1. Lenny says:

      Ale what has illegal fish have to do with illegal people? Get a life.

  4. ale says:

    right, since both of us know you were talking about illegal fish.

  5. ale says:

    so did you read the story of Japan Lenny? any comments???

  6. Lenny says:

    Clearly you didn’t
    You assumed something and you were wrong.
    Now move on with your life.

  7. ale says:

    ok buddy what ever you say.. i still think your a moron!!!

    1. Lenny says:

      I wish I was as brave as you.

  8. ale says:

    Let me know when you get a life lenny.

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