Detection quantification of microplastics in tahong (Perna viridis) from selected markets of Dasmariñas, Cavite
The study prioritized the quantification and detection of microplast ics present in Asian green mussels bought in markets within the selected public markets in Dasmariñas, Cavite. The researchers’ goal is to quantify and detect how many microplastics can be accumulated in an Asian green mussel and what causes the accumulation of microplastics. The researchers will ask the vendors within the selected markets of Dasmariñas, Cavite with regards on where they get or who is the supplier of the mussels that they sell. The researchers concentrated in Cavite area only, in order to garner consistent data for the study. The results of the study are limited only to main markets of Dasmariñas, Cavite and other shellfish or mollusk. The researchers will not propose a management scheme that will decrease the amount of microplastics in Asian green mussels. The researchers will use hydrogen peroxide and a stereo microscope to extract microplastics from the tissue of Asian green mussels. As much as the investigators would like to make an extensive research on the study to contribute more, the researchers will not quantify and detect microplastics in mussels by organs. The researchers did not include the amount of microplastics that are considered toxic or harmful but there are factors that microplastics can cause harm which are included in the review of related literature part of the research. Markets outside the Dasmariñas area are not included in the study and the microplastics are not quantified according to its type.