Just don't do it. Together we can stop plastic pollution in the Arctic.
Pieces of rope, cut-offs and small pieces of plastic from the users of the sea are a serious litter issue in the Arctic.
Although the population density is low in the Arctic, there are high levels of activity in the maritime areas. Fisheries, shipping, tourism and the oil industry are very much present in the north and activity levels are expected to increase.
Although the data on litter in the Arctic needs to be strengthened, the existing knowledge platform is clear: ropes, cut-offs, longlines, fishing lines and strapping are frequently recorded in the Arctic.
Several individual studies and in-depth analyses have therefore concluded that one of the major sources of macroplastics in the Arctic is the maritime industries and sea users. One industry in particular stands out – fisheries.
⚓Everyone who uses the sea can help to reduce the amount of rope pieces, cut-offs and small plastic pieces that go astray⚓
Marine litter in the Arctic
Beach litter in the Arctic
In some areas of the Arctic, the litter on the beaches is extensive, and the litter is also found far from where people live.
How does plastic pollution affect the Arctic?
Plastic affects the wildlife in the Arctic. Plastic has been found in Arctic birds since the 1960s.
What is needed to reduce and prevent littering in the Arctic?
It is important to reduce littering where it occurs in the Arctic.