Share via Email Melting ice is cutting polar bears off from their food source in Hudson Bay, and death rates have soared. The Canadian environment minister provoked outrage last October when she discounted abundant scientific studies of polar bear decline across the Arcticsaying her brother, a hunter, was having no trouble finding bears.
Her preliminary results found "plastic contamination" in the flesh of every clam she collected. Beardy will take various clam species, including this soft shell, to her lab to determine how much microplastic is in the tissue.
Preliminary research found microplastics in all clam samples. Beardy has been collecting mussels and clams on this beach on the Bay of Fundy since January. She dresses for the weather but admits, 'it's the fingers that suffer,' when you're digging clams in winter.
It's not going to obstruct our stomachs. She said the presence of microplastics is an environmental issue that's getting more and more attention. This research project, and many others taking place across the country, aim to identify where microplastics are being found.
In a news release, Fisheries and Oceans Canada said the results of research being done across Canada will help "inform future decisions about how to protect and use our marine freshwater environments.
If you look quickly, it doesn't look as though there is that much plastic garbage on this beach but a closer examination turns up dozens of plastic bands from lobster fishing and even more bits and pieces of plastic rope. Beardy said the amount of trash on this day "isn't too bad" but warned that when winter comes, it "gets really disgusting.
In this photo you can see green bits of rope, an orange plastic feed bag and white bands used to keep lobster claws closed.
That does not break up. That is something that anything could swim through and easily get tangled up for life in that.
You know that it's not just the local industry and the local people that are causing it. Only after the baseline study is complete can scientists then look at what it means for the larger ecosystem.
What lies beneath The amount of plastic garbage on the shore is "just a small indication" of what is lying below the surface of the ocean, according to Beardy. As plastic becomes contaminated with chemicals and sea life starts to attach itself to the surface, it moves down the water column and eventually mixes with sediments.
It's in all of our best interests — emotionally, psychologically and financially, to make sure that the Bay of Fundy stays as beautiful as it can be. Another concern for Beardy are the contaminants that are attracted to plastic in the ocean.
Beardy calls this photo, of what she believes is a decomposing bald eagle on a beach in Berry Point, 'very sad. It's those kinds of pesticides, that class of chemical, that binds to the surface of the plastic, and when it binds to the surface of the plastic it makes the plastic more than just an obstructive issue, it makes it a chemical contamination issue.
She said this is also a way to show industry, including fishermen, whose rope and gear are likely contributors to the plastic pollution, how important it is to keep plastic trash out of our waters. More than 3 tonnes of rope collected in wharf recycling bins "We all want healthy fisheries around here — it's a big part of our economy and I for one love fish — and I don't want to see that on the list of things you can't eat anymore.
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The long view is in short supply these days and the media is often found wanting in that respect. But there's no shortage of historical perspective from one Bay Area journalist.
The San Francisco Chronicle's science editor has been on the job for more than a half-century.