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Marine litter originating from fishing and fisheries, aquaculture and shipping

Plastic originating from work activities at sea is one of the major sources of marine litter along the Norwegian coast.

Marine litter that is found in the sea originates not only from land but also from sea-based sources. Sea-based sources include fishing and fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, recreational fishing and other sources, such as tourism. Plastic that is released, dumped or lost from ports, along the coast or out at sea constitutes litter or pollution from sea-based sources. This often refers to tools and equipment from the maritime industry.

Marine litter is also a global problem, as it creates pollution and cause harm to wildlife. There are also a number of unanswered questions, such as the long-term consequences microplastics have on us and on marine life. What we do know is that the sea is facing immense pressure due to climate change and environmental impact. Accordingly, marine plastics are another of the problems that contribute to a critical overall impact on the sea. It is therefore crucial that we take action, implement effective measures and coordinate our efforts to clean up and prevent marine litter.

International knowledge status on sea-based marine litter

In February, Working Group 43 of the UN Scientific Expert Committee (GESAMP) presented the second sub-report on marine litter from sea-based sources.