What Issues Are Sea Turtles Facing and What Does It Mean for Our Oceans and Economy?

Plastic straws are not a big threat to sea turtles, but climate change, commercial fishing, and poaching certainly pose major challenges.

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After a scientist found a plastic straw lodged in a sea turtle’s nose, sea turtles rose to fame in the environmental world, and became the mascots of anti-plastic campaigns. But the issues facing sea turtles go well beyond plastic. Today, we’ll take a look at how sea turtles are impacted by climate change, commercial fishing, illegal trade, and more issues, what sea turtles mean for our oceans and economy, and what we might be able to do about these challenges. With special guest Dr. Mark Hamann: Associate Professor of Marine Biology at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.

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