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FACTSHEET

PLASTIC POLLUTION

& MARINE BIRDS

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INFORM | AWARENESS | UNDERSTAND

PLASTIC POLLUTION

& MARINE BIRDS

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Nothing nutritional can be gained from feeding off plastic bags

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The FACTS

  • First observations of plastic pieces inside seabirds date back to the early 1960s by 2012 59% of species studied had ingested to plastic, but it is predicted that it will reach 99% of all species by 2050.​

 

  • Plastic consumption by birds, leads to a chronic feeling of hunger and starvation as it gives the sensation of having a full stomach without any nutritional value.

 

  • Research suggests the proportion of seabirds ingesting plastic will reach 99% by 2050.

 

  • Abandoned fishing gear is the main cause for marine birds getting injured, pick up infections or drowning. Often, trapped birds are limited in their movements and easily become prey to other animals.

 

  • Plastic found inside birds includes bags, bottle caps, synthetic fibers from clothing, and other micro-plastics that have been broken down by the sun and waves.

 

  • Sharp plastic particles can cause immediate death by piercing internal organs.

 

  • Birds are feeding plastic to their chicks that are even more vulnerable due to their undeveloped organs.

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Download the Plastic Pollution and Marine Birds to use for your own educational resource.

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Sources: PNAS.org, World Wildlife Fund Organisation, World Economic Forum, conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com

If you share our vision of eliminating plastic pollution in our oceans and preserving them for future generations to enjoy, then please get in touch.

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