ISLAMABAD: Seabird populations are on a steady and dramatic decline as 70% of seabirds have vanished since the 1950s that represents a staggering 230 million birds, according to a new study.
Researcher Michelle Paleczny studied more than 500 different seabirds populations, which represents nearly 20% of the global population, Bloomberg reported.
“Seabirds are particularly good indicators of the health of marine ecosystems,” said Paleczny. “When we see this magnitude of seabird decline, we can see there is something wrong with marine ecosystems. It gives us an idea of the overall impact we’re having.”
The cause of the decline is related to several factors including overfishing of the fish the birds rely on for food, birds getting tangled infishing gear, plastic and oil pollution, destruction of seabird habitats, and climate change.