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Fisherman catches monster cod and finds plastic bottle inside its belly

The Argus: Fisherman catches monster cod and finds plastic bottle inside its belly Fisherman catches monster cod and finds plastic bottle inside its belly

An amateur fisherman was shocked to discover an old plastic bottle in the stomach of his monster catch.

Andy Sinclair, 50, from Worthing, caught a 9lb 10oz cod off Shoreham Arm, but had a surprise when he went to fillet his dinner.

After taking the catch home and cutting it open he discovered an old plastic water bottle lodged in the fish’s |belly.

Andy, who has only been fishing for about a year and a half, said: “It is definitely the biggest fish I have caught. I took it home and cut it open and found a plastic water bottle inside it.

“The bottle had been flattened out as if someone has stepped on it. I’ve never seen anything like it.

“I was so shocked I forgot to take a picture of it but my fishing friends have found similar in their catches over the past few months.”

Andy said he enjoyed a tasty cod -supper and stored the remainder of the fish in his freezer.

Jess Price, conservation officer at the Sussex Wildlife Trust, said marine litter was a “huge problem” and 75% of all litter recorded in the sea was plastic.

She added that statistics showed there were 2,000 items of litter for every kilometre of beach in England.

She said: “The main issue is that marine life ingests it. The problem is plastic never biodegrades, it is there forever.

“If something swallows a balloon or bottle then it’s taking up space in its stomach and can cause them to starve.

“Few people intentionally throw litter into the sea but people don’t think about where their litter is going, especially big balloon and Chinese lantern releases.

“It is causing problems for our oceans and marine life, and the problem is only getting worse.”

Richard Harrington, of the Marine Conservation Society, said: “The bottle inside Andy’s cod is really interesting and confirms a fact we already know, that fish, and many other kinds of marine animal, consume plastics.

“As far as I know this is the first time we’ve had a cod reported to us with a complete plastic bottle intact in its stomach. We more usually hear of polythene items such as plastic bags consumed.

“Cod are voracious predators and are not very choosy about the kind of prey they eat, so they eat a variety of items they find floating in the water around them.”

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7:52am Mon 3 Mar 14

Juleyanne says...

Shame on those in the human race who casually discard litter. The harm it causes to wildlife and pollution of our seas is shocking.
Shame on those in the human race who casually discard litter. The harm it causes to wildlife and pollution of our seas is shocking. Juleyanne
  • Score: 23

8:36am Mon 3 Mar 14

RottingdeanRant says...

Having spent a windy hour cleaning the beaches in Rottingdean with a number of other volunteers this sunday I can confirm that the vast majority of what we removed was plastics. In fact most of the rubbish was the remains of polypropylene rope that was probably discarded by our ‘professional’ fisher persons!
Having spent a windy hour cleaning the beaches in Rottingdean with a number of other volunteers this sunday I can confirm that the vast majority of what we removed was plastics. In fact most of the rubbish was the remains of polypropylene rope that was probably discarded by our ‘professional’ fisher persons! RottingdeanRant
  • Score: 13

7:23pm Mon 3 Mar 14

geofday says...

love to see a picture of the actual bottle!
love to see a picture of the actual bottle! geofday
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Scorpio50 says...

RottingdeanRant wrote:
Having spent a windy hour cleaning the beaches in Rottingdean with a number of other volunteers this sunday I can confirm that the vast majority of what we removed was plastics. In fact most of the rubbish was the remains of polypropylene rope that was probably discarded by our ‘professional’ fisher persons!
I agree. Hove, and Brighton, beaches are littered with crud that people are either too lazy to pack up and either throw into a rubbish bin or take back home with them.
When I have gone swimming in the summer I am often picking up bottles, blue rope,plastic bags, Tesco's,Sainsbury's etc and fish tackle. What is wrong with people these days?
[quote][p][bold]RottingdeanRant[/bold] wrote: Having spent a windy hour cleaning the beaches in Rottingdean with a number of other volunteers this sunday I can confirm that the vast majority of what we removed was plastics. In fact most of the rubbish was the remains of polypropylene rope that was probably discarded by our ‘professional’ fisher persons![/p][/quote]I agree. Hove, and Brighton, beaches are littered with crud that people are either too lazy to pack up and either throw into a rubbish bin or take back home with them. When I have gone swimming in the summer I am often picking up bottles, blue rope,plastic bags, Tesco's,Sainsbury's etc and fish tackle. What is wrong with people these days? Scorpio50
  • Score: 4

6:26am Wed 5 Mar 14

hannover seagull says...

In Germany you pay a deposit on all plastics and cans
Those that are discarded and not returned are quickly picked up by kids and the less well off and returned that way for pocket money
Very seldom to see that problem here as it is self policing

Get with it UK
In Germany you pay a deposit on all plastics and cans Those that are discarded and not returned are quickly picked up by kids and the less well off and returned that way for pocket money Very seldom to see that problem here as it is self policing Get with it UK hannover seagull
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Plasticisrubbish says...

Thats why I boycott trashy plastic and source compostable alternatives. You can find my big list of plastic free products over at plasticicsrubbish.co
m
Thats why I boycott trashy plastic and source compostable alternatives. You can find my big list of plastic free products over at plasticicsrubbish.co m Plasticisrubbish
  • Score: 1

7:00pm Wed 5 Mar 14

hannover seagull says...

Plasticisrubbish wrote:
Thats why I boycott trashy plastic and source compostable alternatives. You can find my big list of plastic free products over at plasticicsrubbish.co

m
Quite right
our recycled plastics recycle back to us in the form of cheap toys from china
Not many miles there then
Cut the wrappings,cut the problem and lets see fresh fruit fresh at least locally
I used to work on Brighton open market as a kid and people didn´t really use carrier bags then
Bit nostalgic but the truth
[quote][p][bold]Plasticisrubbish[/bold] wrote: Thats why I boycott trashy plastic and source compostable alternatives. You can find my big list of plastic free products over at plasticicsrubbish.co m[/p][/quote]Quite right our recycled plastics recycle back to us in the form of cheap toys from china Not many miles there then Cut the wrappings,cut the problem and lets see fresh fruit fresh at least locally I used to work on Brighton open market as a kid and people didn´t really use carrier bags then Bit nostalgic but the truth hannover seagull
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