Researchers at Portland State University have found what they think are tiny plastic fibers in about 120 Pacific oysters from the Oregon coast.
On average, 11 particles were found in each oyster, and nearly all were microfibers, said Britta Baechler, a PSU doctoral student on the Oregon Sea Grant-funded project.
In April 2017, Baechler purchased 10 Pacific oysters from each of six growers at the following sites: Tillamook Bay, Netarts Bay, Yaquina Bay, Winchester Bay, North Bend and Coos Bay. She did the same in July 2017.
The oysters were then taken to marine ecologist Elise Granek’s lab at PSU where they were