Microplastics were present in all of 188 mussel samples in the River Ouse, a new study by Megan Fitzpatrick, a final year Geography BA(Hons) student here at the University of Brighton.
Megan, who is in her final year, undertook the field research for her dissertation project. And along with Dr Corina Ciocan gave her expert view of the microplastic polution problem in a BBC South East news item.
She described the results of her work as “very shocking” and warned about the dangers facing humans who eat Sussex shellfish.
Megan carried out her investigation at Piddinghoe in the Lewes district, a site known for its poor water quality.