The IMarEST Executive participated in a Dialogue on Marine Litter on 30 June 2015 at the House of Lords. The Dialogue was organised and chaired by the Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea (ACOPS).
ACOPS promotes strategies for sustainable global development relating to coastal and marine environment and works with a strong team of internationally-recognised experts to cover such vital areas as policy development; fisheries management; corporate environmental management; oceanography; pollution research and control; biology, and managing the impacts of tourism.
The rationale for marine litter as a priority issue includes potential for harm to marine life and ecosystems, an increasing inventory (most plastics do not completely degrade in the ocean), and potential human health concerns (e.g. from seafood consumption).
On this occasion, the IMarEST had the opportunity to share ideas with ACOPS and OSPAR Commission representatives on the best way forward to tackle this global environmental problem.
ACOPS, IMarEST and the other participants highlighted the importance of engaging and educating all levels of society as an essential tool to raise awareness and promote positive behavioural changes.
Improving waste-management effectiveness gloabally and promoting behavioural change, together with the industry commitment to engage in more sustainable uses of plastic products, have all been identified as key actions to tackle this important ecological issue.
You can read the full Dialogue summary here: ACOPS_Dialogue_on_Marine_Litter.pdf
Find out more about ACOPS here: http://www.acops.org.uk/