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Balloons the number one marine debris risk of mortality for seabirds

The data showed that a seabird ingesting a single piece of plastic had a 20 per cent chance of mortality, rising to 50 per cent for nine items and 100 per cent for 93 items.  Led by IMAS-CSIRO Ph.D. student Lauren Roman and published in the journal Scientific Reports, the study found that although hard plastic accounts for the vast majority of debris ingested it is far less likely to kill than soft plastics such as balloons.  "Marine debris ingestion is now a globally recognized threat," Ms Roman said.  "However, the relationship between the amount or type of debris that a seabird ingests and mortality remains poorly understood.  Read more...

 

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