It takes guts to fish in the waters off of Newfoundland, and if you’re going out, a local research lab wants some.
The Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research is collecting fish guts to study the accumulation of plastics in the ocean that the fish are consuming.
It is estimated there are now over eight million tonnes of plastic dumped into the worlds oceans, which when broken down by sunlight, ends up being ingested by fish.
So if you’ve taken part in the food fishery this year, don’t throw out your innards. Assistant Professor Max Liboiron says previous studies have found less plastic in local fish compared to other places, but there are a few problem areas.
Liboiron says they found a lot of plastic in fish from around Quidi Vidi and Bell Island, but they are looking elsewhere as well.
It’s not all bad news though. While ocean pollution is a global problem, sometimes the results of testing are unexpected.
She says last year they discovered that Petty Harbour has the second lowest level of plastics in fish in the world, and the people there were very happy for them to publish those results.
If you want to donate your guts, you can find a pickup schedule and more information right here.