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90% of seabirds do have plastics in their stomach

Seabirds, plastics, research, plastic soup, ocean, Slat, Circular, Recycle, Reduce

Seabirds often make mistakes. They think they eat fish eggs, but in fact they are eating waste.

Until now it was thought that “only” 29% of all seabirds suffered with plastics in their body.

But a study by Australian scientists showed that rather, 90% of the seabirds do have plastics in their stomach.

186 species from all parts of the world, have been examined. The birds in the southern parts of the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are the most pollutioned ones. Before, scientists thought that in those parts of the oceans birds were having still pretty good life.

Europe reduces plastics

Europe made an issue of plastics in the ocean. There are measures to reduce the use of plastic. That’s why the results of seabirds in European waters improved. For example with the Fulmar.

Inside seabirds, the researchers found all kind of plastics: “From lighters and bottle caps to miniature cars. In one bird we found a complete glow stick and three balloons!”

It turns out that some species of albatrosses and shearwaters often make mistakes. They think they eat fish eggs, but in fact they are eating waste.

The situation is disastrous, say the scientists.

As the world produces more plastics, the problem of plastic in the seas and oceans systematically increases. The scientists think that the percentage of birds with plastic in their stomach grows up to 99% in 2050.

The next 11 years, we will create as many plastics as the total plastic production since the 50s!

Prevention and more

Are there solutions for this increasing issue? Yes there are.

 

  • About 20 years ago, it was normal for cargo ships to trow all their rubbish into the sea. We do not know how their waste management has been developed until now. Maybe this is a point of attention to the cargo industry
  • There is a need to educate – children and adults – to take care of their environment and prevent rubbish ends on streets, parks, rivers and finally into the sea
  • Mexico is an example of great governance for plastic recycling. Recycling saves 50% of their CO2 and prevents plastics are trowing away
  • Problems are always opportunities. We know already how to make green bioplastics. It’s a bit more expensive but bioplastic is biodegradable. A new industry has been born
  • Cleaning up the oceans
    There are several initiatives in the world to clean up the plastic soup. Maybe you have heard of Boyan Slat? He has built an ocean cleaner and agreed with the mayor of the Japanese island Tsushima to clean the ocean plastics with his floatable installation.

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