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Addressing the impact of marine debris on sea turtle populations

sea turtle populations

Marine debris is a serious threat to sea turtles, causing harm through ingestion and entanglement. Ingestion of plastics can lead to internal blockages, while entanglement can cause injuries that can be fatal. Plastic debris can also mimic the scent of sea turtle prey, leading them to consume large amounts of plastic, which can lead to starvation. Reducing the amount of marine debris in the ocean is crucial for the protection of sea turtle populations. This can be achieved through proper waste management and recycling, reducing single-use plastics, and promoting environmentally responsible behavior. Conservation efforts can also focus on reducing ghost fishing gear and removing debris from sea turtle habitats.


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