Plastic Fibers Growing in Number in the Great Lakes

January 13, 2015

By J. Carlisle Larsen

"If it’s in the water, it’s in us."

--Sherri Mason, Professor at SUNY-Fredonia.

Plastic pollution is a big problem facing the Great Lakes. Researchers studying the lakes have found a bevy of plastics, ranging from mini-beads from face washes to grocery bags in the water. But recently, scientists have found small plastic fibers in the water, and in the gastrointestinal tracts of fish and birds. Sherri Mason is a professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She spoke with WDET’s J. Carlisle Larsen about the fibers and where they’re coming from.