alexa Global impact of debris on marine life studied

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Global impact of debris on marine life studied

Nearly 700 species of marine animal have been recorded as having encountered human made debris such as plastic and glass according to the most comprehensive impact study in more than a decade. Plastic accounted for nearly 92 per cent of cases, and 17 per cent of all species involved were found to be threatened or near threatened on the IUCN Red List, including the Hawaiian monk seal, the loggerhead turtle and sooty shearwater. The impact of debris on marine life is of particular concern, and effects can be wide reaching, with the consequence of ingestion and entanglement considered to be harmful. Reports in the literature began in the 1960s with fatalities being well documented for birds, turtles, fish and marine mammals.

 
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