Commercial fishing, plastic major part of environmental crisis

The environmental crisis is most challenging than ever, with the seas being warmer than at any point in the human history and life underwater is facing many threats. Thus, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 “Life Under Water” establishes a wide-ranging goal to "conserve and sustainably use the world's oceans, seas and marine resources".

The severity of the environmental crisis is demonstrated by the plight of perhaps the single most important marine ecosystem: coral reefs.

Reefs play an important role for human communities and their global economy, providing food security for hundreds of millions of people and coastal protection for hundreds of millions more.

Coral reef collapse is directly linked to rising sea temperatures. Corals live close to their upper thermal limit and even modest temperature rises can disrupt their relationship with their algae lodger. This leads the often-kaleidoscopic coral to turn white as it dies, a process known as bleaching.…

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Rubbish bins from recycled plastic spread across the UK

BinForGreenSeas announced that Swale Council will join its project. The organization will soon establish three bins along the Swale seafront, prompting visitors to dispose of their litter responsibly with our prominent and poignant message: throw marine life a lifeline.

The bins will be placed at Minster Beach, Leysdown Beach and Sheerness Beach. These are popular areas with tourists and locals alike, so we are delighted that Swale Council is being so proactive in taking a stand against marine littering. Our bins will help to promote positive action amongst visitors, helping to protect these glorious award-winning stretches of coastline.

Fazilette Khan, Founder of GreenSeas Trust, stated:

The bins are proving themselves in the fight to stop plastics entering the sea by changing the behaviour of beach goers. We know they will do same at the three new locations where they will be permanently sited

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Researchers find microplastics along the entire NSR

During an expedition in the Northern Sea Route, Russian researchers discovered microplastics all along the route, marking the first time ever that samples have been taken of microplastic waste along the route.

As the Russian newspaper Izvestiya reports, during the Transarktika 2019 expedition the Professor Multanovskiy vessel began its journey from Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean on August 25, sailing through the NSR heading to Murmansk, where it berthed on September 8.

Although in the entire voyage the scientists came across a variety of plastic debris, from plastic bottles to packages, what worried them the most was the findings of microplastics.

The microplastics were discovered both in the Kara Sea and in the Barents sea, highlighting the importance of solving the matter of ocean pollution, as microplastics pose a great threat not only to the ocean but also to the life of it. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for a further assessment of …

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EU launches actions to clean up marine litter worldwide

On beaches across Europe and the world, EU staff are cooperating with local communities to clean up marine litter as part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign. Launched on 19 August, this year's campaign will run through October, with actions taking place in more than 80 countries, on all populated continents.

This year, due to innovative partnerships with the United Nations and the Smurfs, the campaign reaches thousands of citizens of all ages. The success of #EUBeachCleanup depends on its combination of awareness-raising and concrete call to action.

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella is proud of the campaign and invites everyone to participate:

The European Union has some of the most ambitious policies to fight marine pollution in the world. Together with the United Nations, we want our oceans to be cleaner and healthier - in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 14. This year, we have a new partner: the Smurfs. B…

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Watch: LifeGate PlasticLess project against plastic pollution at sea

A new project named LifeGate PlasticLess has been launched to reduce plastic waste in the sea using LifeGate Seabin devices to collect it. The aim is also to promote truly circular economic as well as consumption models centred on reducing, reusing and recycling waste, in particular the most harmful to the environment: plastics.

The LifeGate Seabin is a collection bin that floats in water and is able to capture around 1.5 kg of waste per day, equal to over 500 kg of debris a year (depending on its size and weather patterns), including microplastics from 2 to 5 mm in diameter and microfibres starting from 0.3 mm.

The device is also able to intercept a lot of the waste that often finds its way into the sea, like cigarette butts.

The LifeGate Seabin is placed in the water and fixed to a dock with the upper part of the device on the same level as the water’s surface.

Thanks to the wind’s spontaneous force as well as currents and the device’s strategi…

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GPS tracker helps collect 40 tonnes of plastic in Pacific Ocean

Sea pollution is increasing rapidly as ghost nets and plastic are seen travelling through the world's oceans. Marine debris is hazardous not only for the the people making a living by the oceans, but also for the marine life. To save the oceans a California-based cargo ship named 'Kwai' collected 40 tonnes of plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and docked in a Konolulu, Hawaii Harbour.

The ship began its sailing trip on May searching for ghost nets and consumer plastics that collect in what is believed to be 'the world's largest ocean dump', also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The vessel used GPS technology to track the trash.

According to local Hawaii News Now, the quantity of garbage was the largest to be ever collected in the Pacific ocean. Moreover, the mass of trash covers an area of about 618,000 sq miles (1.6 million sq km), about twice the size of Texas or three times the size of France.

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UN Sec-Gen: Plastic waste will surpass the number of fish in oceans

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, called the shipping industry for solutions concerning oceans' pollution, as he quoted that the plastic waste that exists in the oceans, will surpass the number of fish that live in them, addressing the emergency state the oceans are in. The discussions that were focused on how to deal with plastic debris and oceans' pollution were conducted during an event, part of June's G7 meeting in Canada.

The Secretary General highlighted that plastic debris can be found in the most remote places of the planet, noting that the problem is even bigger than everyone thinks.

It kills marine life and is doing major harm to communities that depend on fishing and tourism.

During the event, he welcomed the G7 Plastics Charter but noted that there are additional steps to be taken so that pollution can be ended, keeping in mind that the world is facing additional problems, as climate change that worsens the existing situation.

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Overfishing threats more the ocean than plastics

Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough highlighted that industrial overfishing is more dangerous to the ocean than plastic. According to World Economic Forum, if the ocean was an economy, it would be the seventh largest globally. Yet, instead of protecting it, humans jeopardise its future.

Specifically, as Sir David Attenborough, speaking during Friends of Ocean Action, a group of more than 50 global leaders, convened by the World Economic Forum and World Resources Institute, commented

Seafood is a key source of protein for people around the world, but nearly 90% of the world’s marine fish stocks are now fully exploited, over-exploited or depleted.

Moreover, over-fishing is wide-ranging. It's a cause of degraded ecosystems and impacts the size of the fish left behind. Also, it affects how fish reproduce and the speed at which they mature.

Yet, there is also the economic aspect as many are the businesses and jobs that rely on the fishin…

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Market sees charging cables made from ghost fishing nets

The Swedish company Le Cord launched a collection of Apple-certified charging cables, for specifically iPhones, which were made from ghost fishing nets. According to the company, these are the world’s only Apple MFI certified charge and sync cable made of recycled ocean fishing net plastics.

The charging cable is two meter length and MFI certified by Apple.

In addition, the company informed that the packaging can also be recycled, highlighting its 'green' perspective.

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There is a general plastic pollution problem in the marine environment which poses great risks to the ones having it as their natural habitat. Yet, many are the companies that launch green, eco-friendly projects that aim to a better future and protection of the environment.

For instance, three companies partnered with the goal of collecting non-recyclable …

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IMarEST: Steering towards an industry level response to marine plastic pollution

Although existing regulations –particularly MARPOL and the London Convention– explicitly prohibit the dumping of plastic at sea, these frameworks have their limitations, said IMarEST in a recent report on marine plastics.

For this reason, a comprehensive review focusing on their practical implementation would identify opportunities for updating and improvements.  This review would benefit from better data on plastic litter emanating from the marine industry: its type, source, and where it is frequently discarded at sea,

...the report reads.

In conjunction with the first international conference on marine plastics in late 2018, the IMarEST hosted a roundtable event with Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) to gain fresh insights from a wider industry perspective into the challenges, management practices and attitudes of a variety of stakeholders in the marine industry regarding marine plastics. The report gives an overview of the dis…

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