Plastic Crisis: More Than 20 Sea Turtles Killed In Less Than 2 Months From Plastic Wraps In Thailand

Plastic Crisis: More Than 20 Sea Turtles Killed In Less Than 2 Months From Plastic Wraps In Thailand

Turtles were found dead with plastic or pieces of fish net wrapped around their necks or legs prompting Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to launch "Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can't reuse it, refuse it" campaign in June this year
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Plastic Crisis: More Than 20 Sea Turtles Killed In Less Than 2 Months From Plastic Wraps In ThailandSea turtles washed upon the shores are suffocated in plastic waste bags and fish nets

Bangkok: Thai authorities have said that in less than two months, more than 20 sea turtles had been killed from plastic or fish net wraps. Dr. Thorn Thamrongnavaswasdi, vice dean of the fisheries faculty of Kasetsart University, said on Monday that the sea turtles washed upon the shores of Phuket and Phan-nga beaches provinces could not survive as the trapped sea animals suffocated in plastic waste bags or struggled tremendously in fishing nets, reports Xinhua news agency.

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The marine scientist said that more than 20 green turtles and Olive Ridley turtles were found on Mai Khao beach in the Sirinart national park in Phuket and the beach in Thai Muang national park in Phang-nga province in the past two months.

He said many were found dead with plastic or pieces of fish net wrapped around the turtles’ legs or necks. He also said turtles found injured had serious wounds and barely survived after they were taken to a rehabilitation centre for treatment. Mai Khao and Thai Muang beaches have been the spawning ground for sea turtles which come to the beaches during October-February period.

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Dr. Thorn however said the leatherback turtles have been missing for four years now. In June this year on World Environment Day, the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment along with several ministries, pledged to raise public awareness against the use of plastic by launching a campaign called “Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it”.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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