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Plastic Debris Harboring Harmful Bacteria
Plastic pollution in the ocean is harboring colonies of bacteria that could be harmful, not only to marine animals, but also to humans.

Scientists have discovered a wide diversity of microbes colonizing and thriving on plastic that is polluting the ocean in the so-called plastisphere.

The organisms in this plastisphere were different from those in the surrounding nutrient-poor water, indicating that the plastic acts as an artificial microbial reef, one that could harbor disease-causing pathogens and other harmful algal species.

A lot of time certain toxins are oily in nature and they will absorb on to the plastic, but when the microbes interact with it they could be releasing those toxins off of the plastics. Some of those additives are known to have hormonal effects in humans.

 
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Mandatory AIS Training in Minnesota - Minnesota Waters has partnered with the MN Department of Natural Resources to provide mandatory Aquatic Invasive Species training for Lake Service Providers (those who, for hire, install or remove water-related equipment or structures from waters in the state of Minnesota). The new, mandatory, AIS training for Lake Service Providers will be held at various locations across the state. The seminars will provide all participants with DNR certification on best management practices to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.


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