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Below the surface: 25 years of seafloor litter monitoring in coastal seas of North West Europe

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has released a paper summarising 25 years of research into marine litter on the seafloor across Northern Europe. The research, spanning the period from 1992 to 2017, has revealed changes in what makes up plastic litter in the marine environment over time, with a decrease in

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Closed – consultation on investigating options for reducing releases to the environment of microplastics (European Commission)

Closes 16th October 2017 The European Commission has launched a public consultation on options for reducing releases of microplastics into the marine environment. The aims are to collect views from stakeholders and the public on policy options and to gather further information and evidence on sources of microplastics pollution and policy options for the reduction

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Great Winter Nurdle Hunt 3rd to 5th February 2017

Nurdles, also known as mermaids tears, are tiny little pellets of pre-production plastic and can be found washed up on beaches around the UK. It is thought that these nurdles make it into the sea due to mismanagement in factories which make their way into waterways as well as nurdles being accidentally distributed during transit. Nurdles are

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World Oceans Day – June 8th

World Oceans Day, recognised by the United Nations, is a day to celebrate oceans and promote collaboration for a better future all around the world. This year the theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” and will focus on preventing plastic pollution in the ocean. Individuals and organisations from all over the world are planning to hold

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Closed – responses for Environmental Impact of Microplastics Inquiry

Deadline for responses: Friday 15th April The Environmental Audit Committee, a Commons Select Committee, launched an environmental impact of microplastics in March 2016. The issues they are investigating include the scale, sources and consequences of microplastic pollution in the ocean, the state of knowledge/understanding of the issue and strategies for dealing with the issue. The

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Increase in amount of plastic found on beaches

The results of the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Beachwatch Big Weekend held in September 2012 have been published.  Over the almost 240 beaches surveyed and 181,978 items of rubbish was collected which filled almost 1,800 rubbish bags. The results show a rise in the amount of plastic found, making up almost 65% of the litter.

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