Seabirds are known to ingest plastics whilst at sea, mistaking them for prey items and often leading to the birds’ death. Less visible than fishing gear entanglement or ingestion of larger pieces of plastic, microplastic ingestion has been shown to be a problem for many organisms; however, it is often not well documented nor understood. SANCCOB is working closely with the University of the Western Cape on a study assessing the prevalence of microplastics in coastal seabirds, such as gulls and terns. The presence of microplastics in fish is included in this study, including commercially purchased sardine fed to SANCCOB’s seabird patients.