Marine Debris: Biodiversity Impacts & Potential Solutions

seal trapped in fish netting

Entanglement is also a significant threat to marine species. For example, up to 40,000 fur seals are killed each year when they get tangled in debris. This contributes to a population decline of 4-6% per year. Entanglement affects nearly all groups of marine vertebrates. We know that in Australian waters turtles, cetaceans, seals, sea lions, seabirds, sharks and rays, crabs and other animals are affected.


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  1. This is soo sad. I wish that i could do something to help, or support those that are trying to solve this ridiculous issue. How hard can it be to put something in the bin?

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