Save Rapidly Declining Seabird Populations


Target: Executive Vice President, Plastics Industry Trade Association Jon Kurrle

Goal: End excessive plastic production to help save the world’s seabirds.

Seabird populations are declining at a dangerous rate because of plastic bottles, bags, and trash. As more plastic is produced, more birds consume the plastic that they find floating on the ocean surface or scattered along shorelines. If excessive plastic production doesn’t end soon, every seabird on Earth will have plastic in their bellies by 2025.

Almost every single seabird on Earth is eating plastic trash. Ninety percent of seabirds are found with plastic in their bellies. This includes includes bags, bottle caps, clothing fibers, and smaller pieces of microplastic. Less than 50 years ago, plastic was found inside less than five percent of seabirds. By the 1980’s, plastic was ingested by 80 percent.

Plastic kills birds by painfully puncturing holes in their internal organs. Sometimes, a bird has consumed so much plastic that there isn’t enough room for food and they die of starvation. In Alaska, it is not uncommon for beaches to be covered in thousands of dead birds that have died from starvation.

To save the birds we must first bring excessive plastic production to an end. We must stand with legislation that says no to the production of plastic bags, bottles, and packaging. We also have to recycle our plastic to avoid more waste ending up in seabird bellies. Reuse, reduce and recycle has never been more important for the survival of our seabirds and marine species.  Save seabirds from suffering slow and painful deaths by demanding an end to excessive plastic production.


Dear Vice President Kurrle,

Seabird populations are dropping rapidly. Bodies of seabirds washed to shore are often filled with bottle caps and sharp plastics. Plastic kills birds by painfully puncturing holes in their internal organs. There is a direct correlation with the amount of plastic produced and the amount of plastic found in birds; more plastic produced means more plastic that fills and kills seabirds. It is my hope that recycling awareness conferences held by the Plastics Industry Trade Association, like ReFocus, will also consider discussion about reducing plastic production to create a healthier, more sustainable, and environmentally aware future.

Less than 50 years ago, plastic was found inside less than five percent of seabirds. Already by the 1980’s, plastic was ingested by 80 percent. Today, 90 percent of seabirds –almost every seabird on Earth, has consumed plastic. I’m asking you to find alternatives to excessive plastic production, perhaps using recycled plastic, before the seabird population is depleted. Scientists are very concerned with how rapidly seabird populations are plummeting. I demand an end to excessive plastic production and a chance for seabird survival.


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Photo credit: Chris Jordan

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  1. This is absolutely innaceptable

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