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Did you know that the fourth most common entangling material (after monofilament, rope, and fishing nets) found on stranded sea turtles in Florida between 1980 and 2007 was lawn or deck chairs?*

This photo (taken in South Carolina by Dubose Griffin) sadly shows a loggerhead turtle that got tangled up in a chair and then washed ashore. Loggerhead sea turtles were listed as a threatened species throughout their global range on July 28, 1978.

This is just some of the disturbing stuff I discovered while reviewing sea turtle stranding data.

~Karla

*Foley, A.M., K. Singel, R. Hardy, R. Bailey, K. Sonderman, and S. Schaf. 2009. Distributions, Relative Abundances, and Mortality Factors for Sea Turtles in Florida from 1980 through 2007 as Determined From Strandings. A final Report Submitted to NMFS.

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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