In a report released last week, Oceana has compiled for the first time the available data on plastic ingestion and entanglements in marine mammals and sea turtles in U.S. waters.
SCCF's Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan and her team contributed data from our sea turtle program to the eye-opening compilation of information from more than dozens of government agencies, organizations and institutions that collect data on the impact of plastic on marine animals.
Oceana found evidence of nearly 1,800 animals from 40 different species swallowing or becoming entangled in plastic since 2009. Of those, a staggering 88% were species listed as endangered or threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act.
Some recommendations outlined in the report:
Click here to read the report.