Fish Are Eating Small Bits of Plastic Because It Smells Delicious

Photo: Brian Gratwicke

Hold the anchovies.

Each year, our civilization pours around eight million tons of plastic into the ocean, a portion of which ends up in the bellies of fish, and by consequence, our dinner plates. New research suggests that at least one species of fish isn’t ingesting this plastic debris by chance—they’re actually attracted to the smell.

The Northern anchovy a common schooling fish found off the North American west coast and a critical part of ocean food chains—consumes plastic because it smells like prey, according to new research published yesterday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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