Preliminary Study of Microplastics Contamination in Green Mussels from Seafood Markets: A Case Study in the Eastern Coastal Province of Thailand
In this study focused on the investigation of microplastics (MPs) in green mussels (Perna viridis) from seafood markets in the eastern coastal province of Thailand. The abundance, shape, color, size, type, and surface morphology of MPs extracted from green mussels were analyzed. Results showed that the average microplastic abundance was 1.96 ± 1.1 particles/gram wet Weight. The predominant MPs were fibers and fragments smaller than 1.0 mm in size. The colors of the MPs found were black and transparent. The major polymer types are polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), and polystyrene (PS).In a summary, this study demonstrated the contamination of bivalves grown for human consumption with MPs. Human consumption of MPs accumulation in marine bivalves may result in biomagnification of MPs throughout the food chain. This can have an impact on food safety and human health.
Keywords - Microplastics, Green Mussels, Eastern Coastal Province, Thailand.