Plastics Entangling, Choking Marine Animals
AN OCEANA REPORT FINDS THAT NEARLY 1800 MARINE ANIMALS IN U.S. WATERS SWALLOWED OR BECAME ENTANGLED IN PLASTIC SINCE 2009
(CNN) – A new report from Oceana reveals that hundreds of marine animals are swallowing or becoming entangled in plastic in U.S. waters.
The international organizations surveyed dozens of government agencies, organizations, and institutions to collect data on the impact of plastic in U.S. waters.
They found nearly 1,800 animals from 40 difference species swallowed or became entangled in plastic since 2009.
Of those, 88% were listed as endangered or threatened with extinction.
The report revealed that bags, balloons, recreational fishing line, plastic sheeting, and food wrappers were the most common types of identifiable plastics consumed.
The most common items entangling the animals were plastic packing straps, bags, balloons with strings, and sheeting.
Oceana believes this report details only a small portion of the actual marine mammals and sea turtles impacted by plastic in U.S. waters.