April 2016 shearwater and plastic monitoring

April 2016 shearwater and plastic monitoring

From 26 April to 10 May we carried out the annual monitoring of plastic impact on the Flesh-footed shearwaters.

The Director of Zoos Victoria plus two education staff came along for a few days to video the research as part of a campaign they are rolling out in 2017 to stop release of helium balloons. Some helium balloons end up in the ocean and are eaten by seabirds and turtles.

While doing the research we found a number of shearwater chicks that had balloon rubber and plastic clips in their stomachs. The video footage will be used during the Zoos Victoria campaign.

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