Mussel Fish (Polymesoda Erosa) and Microplastics inTallo River, Makassar, Indonesia
Keywords:Microplastic, Mussel Shellfish(Polymesoda erosa), abundance, contamination
Background: Microplastics are plastic particles whose diameter is less than 5 mm, which can be a problem
for the environment and public health.
This study aimed to determine the Mussel Shellfish’s microplastic content (Polymesodaerosa) in the Tallo
Methods: This type of research is observational with a laboratory approach using Minitab 16 software to
determine the microplastic content of Mussel Shellfish(Polymesoda erosa) in the Tallo Makassar River.
Results: The results of this study indicated that the abundance of microplastics in the Mussel Shellfish
(Polymesodaerosa) at station 1 was 3.8 Mps/Ind, while at station II and station III was 0.8 Mps/Ind. For
contaminants, station 1 was 80%, station II was 60%, and station III was 40%. The most types of microplastics
were line and fragment types, while the most common microplastics found were blue, red and transparent.
Conclutions: Mussel Shellfish (Polymesodaerosa) originating from the Tallo Makassar River contain
microplastics. The highest abundance of microplastics was at station I of 3.8 Mps/Ind, while stations II and
III were at 0.8 MPs/Ind. Station I is 80% for contaminants, Station II is 60%, and Station III is 40%.
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