Plastic Waste – Effects on Marine Life Studied

According to the abstract of a study published December 3, 2020 in Conservation Letters by researchers with CSIRO, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation “… Marine megafauna are known to mistakenly eat anthropogenic debris and die from consequent gastrointestinal blockages, perforations and malnutrition, as well as suffer sublethal impacts. We collated information on which specific items were ingested and responsible for causing death across 80 marine species … Disproportionately lethal items included plastic bags/sheets/packaging, rope/fishing nets, fishing tackle and balloons/latex. Smaller items, including ‘microplastics,’ though abundant, were seldom implicated in mortality. We provide suggestions to directly curb debris deaths of marine megafauna by prioritizing policies that would reduce or eliminate the input of disproportionately hazardous items into the marine system …” – The web link to the abstract is included in the post on the home page of Plastic Food Packaging Waste News at https://pfpw.news/2020/12/14/plastic-waste-effects-on-marine-life-studied/ #PlasticWaste #MicroPlastics #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging