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Jesse Vermaire and fellow scientists discover potentially hazardous microplastics in Ottawa River

Jesse Vermaire.jpgSource: Ottawa Citizen, August 24, 2016

Tiny bits of plastic that can imperil the health of both wildlife and humans have been found in more than two dozen spots along a 500-kilometre stretch of the Ottawa River, researchers say.

Carleton assistant professor Jesse Vermaire said microplastics soak up other contaminants in the water, "kind of like a sponge," and can then be consumed by wildlife such as fish and crustaceans.

"It can make the animals sick, and people also eat fish coming out of the Ottawa River and other systems, so it could potentially cause problems for humans as well," he said.

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