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SCCF contributes data to Oceana report on plastics

By SCCF - | Dec 2, 2020

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In a recently released report, 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.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan and her team contributed data from the sea turtle program to the 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, 88 percent were species listed as endangered or threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act.

Some recommendations outlined in the report:

– Companies must reduce the production of plastic, especially unnecessary single-use plastic.

– Companies must offer consumers plastic-free choices.

– National, state and local governments must pass policies to reduce the production and use of single-use plastic.

– Companies and governments must move to establish widespread use of reusable and refillable containers and packaging.

To read the report, visit https://usa.oceana.org.