Lee et al. (2015) Plastic Marine Debris Used as Nesting Materials of the Endangered Species B
Plastic Marine Debris Used as Nesting Materials of the Endangered Species Black-Faced Spoonbill Platalea minor Decreases by Conservation Activities
Kisup Lee, Yong Chang Jang*, Sunwook Hong, Jongmyoung Lee and In Ki Kwon
Disturbance to marine wildlife is a serious negative impact of marine debris. In this study, the percentages of Black-faced Spoonbill nests that included plastic marine debris were calculated from surveys conducted on an islet named Suhaam off the western coast of South Korea. The percentages of nests including plastic decreased from 71% in 2010 to 37% in 2011 to 33% in 2012. The total number of nests increased from 28 in 2010 to 38 in 2011 to 43 in 2012. These differences in nests and nesting materials were possibly due to natural nesting materials such as tree branches and rice straws that were provided at the breeding site as a protective action in 2011 and 2012. Additional conservation efforts should be made to prevent further negative impacts from marine debris.
Plastic marine debris, Nesting material, Endangered species, Black-faced Spoonbill, Impact
Yong Chang Jang, Jongmyoung Lee, Sunwook Hong, Jong Su Lee, Won Joon Shim, Young-Kyoung Song (2015) Plastic Marine Debris Used as Nesting Materials of the Endangered Species Black-Faced Spoonbill Platalea minor Decreases by Conservation Activities. Journal of the Korean Society for Marine Environment and Energy 18(1):45-49