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Stemming the flow of coastal litter in the era of plastic

Thursday, February 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Every year, an estimated 6 to 12 million tons of plastic enters the oceans, a flow of marine debris that local, national and international governance has so far failed to stem.

In the plastic era, some 700 marine species interact with plastic debris, from seabirds, turtles, marine mammals and fish, through to bivalves, lugworms, oysters and corals.

As part of the special section "Restoration Dialogues," Joanna Vince, an expert in ocean governance from the University of Tasmania’s School of Social Sciences and Britta Denise Hardesty, a principle research scientist with CSIRO specialising coastal litter and marine debris argue the transboundary problem requires a holistic solution that integrates scientific expertise, community participation, and market-based strategies.

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