Commentary on Coram et al. (2021) on the use of Facebook to understand marine mammal stranding issues in Southeast Asia

Cindy, Peter and Putu Liza Kusuma, Mustika and Jo Marie Vera, Acebes and Nantarika, Chansue and Louella, Dolar and Gin Swen, Ham and Ellen, Hines and Wint, Hte and Gianna, Minton and Louisa Shobhini, Ponnampalam and Lindsay, Porter and Long, Vu and Rodney, Westerlaken and Yin Yin, Htay and Tara Sayuri, Whitty (2022) Commentary on Coram et al. (2021) on the use of Facebook to understand marine mammal stranding issues in Southeast Asia. Biodiversity and Conservation. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0960-3115

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We reviewed Coram et al. (Biodivers Conserv 30:2341–2359, 2021,, a paper that highlights the use of social media data to understand marine litter and marine mammals in Southeast Asia. While we commend its intent, we find that the methodology used and conclusions drawn portray an incomplete and inaccurate perception of how strandings, stranding response, and analysis of stranding data have been conducted in the region. By focusing on investigative results revealed by a very limited search of one social media platform (Facebook), using only English keywords, and insufficient ground-truthing, Coram et al. (2021) have, unintentionally, given the perception that Southeast Asian scientists have not conducted even the bare minimum of investigation required to better understand the issue of marine litter and its impact on marine mammals. In this commentary we provide a more accurate account of strandings research in Asia and include recommendations to improve future studies using social media to assess conservation issues.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social media · Data mining · Asia · Whales · Dolphins · Strandings · Plastics
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Peter
Date Deposited: 31 May 2022 01:21
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2022 01:06

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