Monitoring marine litter impacts on sea turtles. Protocol for the collection of data on ingestion and entanglement in the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta Linnaeus, 1758). Version 1.
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The following protocol is intended to respond to the MSFD requirements for the indicator 10.2.1 “Trends in the amount and composition of litter ingested by marine animals”. The INDICIT program proposed marine turtles as an indicator species to study marine litter ingestion on biota through the development and the implementation of one major indicator “Litter ingested by sea turtles”. Standardized methodologies for extracting litter ingested from dead and live individuals are exposed in this document. Some modifications have been conducted from the original methodology drafted and tested in Italy since 2012 (Matiddi et al., 2011; MSFD TG Litter, 2013), following the first applications (Camedda et al., 2014; Matiddi et al., 2017) and within the European Project INDICIT (GA n°11.0661/2016/748064/SUB/ENV.C2) as well as thanks to the feedbacks of rescue centres and stranding networks. Both “basic” and “optional” parameters are proposed to be collected. The basic parameters (ther.....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Marine debris
CitationINDICIT Consortium (2018) Monitoring marine litter impacts on sea turtles. Protocol for the collection of data on ingestion and entanglement in the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta Linnaeus, 1758). Version 1. INDICIT, 20pp. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25607/OBP-1947