Qualitative assessment and management of microplastics in Asian green mussels (Perna viridis) cultured in Bacoor Bay, Cavite, Phillipines

C.R. Argamino, J.I.B. Janairo

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Abstract

Microplastics (> 5 mm) have gained popularity in research and the public eye in recent years. This is due to the fact that they contain persistent organic pollutants (POPs) which pose potential risks to the environment and human health. Bivalves, which are filter feeders, are considered to be good indicators of marine pollution. In this preliminary study, Asian green mussel (Perna viridis), an example of edible bivalve, cultured in Bacoor Bay, Cavite, Philippines was subjected to qualitative analysis to determine the presence of microplastics. Through microscopic analysis, microplastics were found present in the acid-digested mussel soft tissue. A management program is suggested for policy makers and stakeholders to reduce the negative impact of microplastic pollution to both humans and the marine environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-54
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmentAsia
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • microplastics
  • Perna viridis
  • Philippines
  • environmental management
  • qualitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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