A new report from the European Environment Agency ‘traces the problem of marine litter from source to sea to help policymakers and citizens understand what we can do about it’.
‘We’ve all seen the photos. Piles of plastic waste drifting in the open sea. A daily tide of plastic and other detritus washed up on our beaches. Scenes of turtles and fish tangled in discarded fishing nets. Yet all of it is preventable.’
The report identifies that 80% of marine litter originates from land-based sources and as such, litter needs to be tackled and prevented at source (European Environment Agency).