Plastic pollution is the most widespread problem affecting the marine environment; its spread across coasts, open water and the sea floor creates navigational hazards for shipping, operational risks to fishing and shipping activities, harms marine wildlife through entanglement, choking and poisoning, and can even act to transport potentially invasive marine species. This presentation will discuss sources of marine-based plastics and consider the regulations already in place and pathways contributing to marine-based littering in order to assess how effective these regulations have been, and where improvements might be desirable.
Attendance: Open to all IMarEST members, their guests, non-members and students.
Event price: Free
Event speaker(s): Caitriona Hanly
Event speaker(s) company / affiliation: IMarEST
Event speaker(s) biography: Caitríona is the Technical Executive with IMarEST, having finished her Master's in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton she joined the IMarEST team in 2016. She is responsible for managing the Institute's Special Interest Groups, supports IMarEST expert contributions to intergovernmental consultations and the wider Institute technical activities programme. She led the IMarEST’s initiative on marine plastics