[MARMAM] Plastic bags and marine animals

Sarah Wilson swilson at ocean-institute.org
Thu Apr 3 10:03:36 PDT 2008

Sarah Wilson

Ocean Institute                                               
Manager, Cooperation in Research and Education
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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-scuttlebutt at vims.edu [mailto:owner-scuttlebutt at vims.edu] On
Behalf Of Jane Stevens
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 7:05 AM
 Subject: Re: [MARMAM] Plastic bags and marine animals
Here's part of a series we did on leatherback turtles that addresses
plastic bags. As Dr. Jim Spotila points out, it's difficult to know if
plastic bags kill turtles directly or weaken them because they can't
digest enough food. The accompanying photos show plastic removed from
green turtles. Perhaps there's more information from green turtle
Cheers, Jane
Jane Ellen Stevens
Multimedia journalist, news organization consultant
Editorial director, Oceans Now (TOPP.org, GreatTurtleRace.com)
Lecturer, UCBerkeley Graduate School of Journalism
jstevens at mmjourno.com

There have been recent reports in some Australian media and internet
discussions that plastic bags do not harm marine animals. This
discussion has come about as a result of incorrect information initially
claiming that 100,000 animals die from plastic bags when it should have
said 100,000 animals die from discarded nets. Certain sectors are now
claiming plastic bags are actually harmless. One UK report can be read
e <http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3508263.ece>

Can anyone here help in providing strong evidence that marine animals
are killed by plastic bags, how they are killed, or maybe even
suggestions that they are not of concern in the marine environment.
Thankyou in advance.
Winston P. Smith
wps101 at hotmail.com

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