Eddie Peng, the China Sea Turtle Conservation Alliance and WildAid launched a new campaign in China to inspire public action on saving sea turtles. In the new campaign, popular actor Eddie Peng encourages the public to become “sea turtle warriors” by taking simple actions that can help reduce threats to sea turtles and other marine wildlife. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a mixed fate to sea turtles around the world. The steep decline in crowds on beaches from Brazil to Thailand has resulted in increased numbers of nesting turtles. However, exponential increases in disposable plastic consumption from food delivery and protective equipment are adding to already high levels of plastic debris in the oceans, posing threats to marine life that mistake it as food, especially sea turtles. Of the seven species of sea turtles, five are found in Chinese waters. The primary active nesting sites in China are now in the remote Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. The Huidong Sea Turtle Nature Reserve in Guangdong had around 500 nesting turtles 70 years ago but by 2012 only 2 nesting turtles were counted.
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