A CSIRO report released earlier this month has calculated a real possibility up to 90% of all seabirds will be digesting plastic by 2050.
The area of sea between Australia and New Zealand was found to be the most densely impacted area in the report. An accompanying press release makes reference to over 200 remnants being found in one bird’s gut.
It is estimated that ‘90% of seabirds alive today’ have ingested plastic at some stage, with 60% of all species being harmed by plastic pollution currently.
Additionally, the researchers have claimed to intake birds with a total weight made up of 8% plastic.
The study suggests that banning single-use plastic items could be a solution, as well as improving waste management systems and introducing deposits for recyclable items.