[MARMAM] new publication

Anna Salazar Casals anna.salazarcasals at zeehondencentrum.nl
Fri Aug 5 04:05:37 PDT 2022

Dear all,

>From the Sealcentre Pieterburen, we would like to share the new article we
have recently published.
Our article "Increased Incidence of Entanglements and Ingested Marine
Debris in Dutch Seals from 2010 to 2020" has been published in Oceans as
part of the Special Issue Marine Mammal Health and is available online here
(PDF version): https://www.mdpi.com/2673-1924/3/3/26/pdf

Abstract: In recent decades, the amount of marine debris has increased in
our oceans. As wildlife interactions with debris increase, so does the
number of entangled animals, impairing normal behavior and potentially
affecting the survival of these individuals. The current study summarizes
data on two phocid species, harbor (Phoca vitulina) and gray seals (Halichoerus
grypus), affected by marine debris in Dutch waters from 2010 to 2020. The
findings indicate that the annual entanglement rate (13.2
entanglements/year) has quadrupled compared with previous studies. Young
seals, particularly gray seals, are the most affected individuals, with
most animals found or sighted with fishing nets wrapped around their necks.
Interestingly, harbor seals showed a higher incidence of ingested debris.
Species differences with regard to behavior, foraging strategies, and
habitat preferences may explain these findings. The lack of consistency
across reports suggests that it is important to standardize data collection
from now on. Despite increased public awareness about the adverse
environmental effects of marine debris, more initiatives and policies are
needed to ensure the protection of the marine environment in the

For questions or remarks, any correspondence can be addressed to the
corresponding author.

Best regards,
*Anna Salazar Casals*
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6 12 981175
Email: anna.salazarcasals at zeehondencentrum.nl
<ana.rubiogarcia at zeehondencentrum.nl>

Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen. Healthy sea, happy seal.

P Please consider the environment. Think before printing.
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