Single-use plastic used in subsistence fisheries
Fishermen use ice packed in single-use transparent plastic to cool their fish catch when they are out at sea. In Labuan Bajo 20.000 ice bags are sold per day to fisherman, fishmongers in local fish markets and fish trade transports to markets on the mainland of Flores. The bags are not collected. They are discarded directly dumped into the sea or dumped on land.
The bags are found in different levels of the water column and eventually part end up on beaches. In the water column the bags resemble jelly-fish; the world’s oceans jellyfish are frequently consumed by a diverse range of marine predators including fish, birds, turtles, and various invertebrates including octopus, sea cucumbers, crabs, and amphipods; Feeding on jellyfish makes marine predators susceptible to ingestion of plastics.
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