July 05, 2019
Death by plastic waste
A marine biologist and lecturer at Kasetsart University, Thon Thamrongnawasawat, told the media that about 300 marine animals die each year in the world as a result of ingesting plastic. Globally, it is estimated that over 100 million marine animals are killed each year by plastic waste. This include fish, seals and birds.
These cases highlighted in the media are only the tip of the iceberg. While cases involving large or iconic species such as whales, dolphins and turtles are given a lot of media attention, many other animals from less iconic species killed by marine plastic debris are often sadly overlooked.