Trawler bycatch of birdlife

To: "Peter Shute" <>
Subject: Trawler bycatch of birdlife
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2008 13:48:30 +1000
There are all sorts of plastic floating about in the oceans - lots of fragmented PET & HDBE etc. All the plastic that gets washed down creeks, rivers and ocean outfalls, as well as stuff thrown into the sea [particularly from boats] breaks up and floats where birds can get it.

There's a gyre in the North Pacific Ocean that contains a huge area of floating plastic.

On 08/08/2008, at 1:43 PM, Peter Shute wrote:

Do you have any links to any articles? I guess I imagined that all the
plastic out there is supermarket bags, and that it's too big to be
dangerous to a bird, but I suppose that isn't true.

Peter Shute

 wrote on Friday, 8 August 2008 1:15

Mostly death by ingestion.  From memory, chicks are affected as well.

There's been a fair bit in the northern hemisphere press on the
subject over the last few months.

Regards, Laurie

On 08/08/2008, at 12:50 PM, Peter Shute wrote:

I didn't know that plastic was killing significant numbers of
seabirds. Are you referring to deaths by entanglement, or do they
swallow bits of it as well?  Any idea which species it is mainly

Peter Shute

 wrote on Thursday, 7 August 2008
7:32 PM:

That is only a drop in the ocean, pardon the pun, with the Sydney
Sunday Magazine estimating that plastic kills more than a million
seabirds, 100,000 whales seals and turtles etc plus an article that
the bush meat trade in Africa is pushing most African primates to
extinction, so humans are a non caring destructive lot.
Cheers  Chris


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