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More microplastics are hidden in the ocean than the surface

The highest levels of microplastics are seen at more than 650 feet below the surface. Anela Choy, who studies the things that deep-sea creatures eat, has resulted to often studying plastics; Over the years, plastic would show up again and again in the stomachs of certain fish. She, then, realised that the plastic must be going down to them. 

CSA 2020 welcomes study’s results on scrubber wash water

CE Delft, a research organisation in the Netherlands with expertise on environmental issues, presented its results on scrubbers, highlighting that accumulated concentrations of exhaust gas cleaning systems, EGCS, or scrubbers, wash water components are at very low levels and well below applicable regulatory limits. Thus, the Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 applauds the results.

Maritime industry loses €235 million a year from plastic pollution

Maritime industry loses an estimated €235 million a year from marine plastic debris, while the fishing sector loses close to €138 million per year from plastic pollution, said WWF in a new report. The report reveals that maritime trade and fisheries are responsible for 20% of plastics at sea. 

Clean Arctic Alliance calls for ban of HFO use in Iceland’s waters

In light of Iceland’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources decision, which bans the use of fuel oil with more than 0.1% sulphur content for ships operating in its territorial waters, Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, highlighted that the Alliance although supports this decision, they are in favour of generally banning HFO use and carriage as fuel.

Plastic pollution may be even worse than thought, research finds

Scientists have found 414 million pieces of plastic debris on remote islands. That is the result from a survey of plastic pollution on the beaches of Australia’s Cocos Islands. These findings suggest that the problem of plastic pollution may have been underestimated, as the majority of plastic pollution may actually lie below the surface.

Malaysia starts shipping back plastic waste to foreign countries

Malaysia will ship back around 3,300 tons of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries like the US, UK, Canada and Australia, in order to avoid becoming a dumping ground for developed countries, explained Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin. Malaysia is trying to tackle illegal plastic recycling facilities that have increased across the country, and has closed over 150 plants since last July.

USCG responds to oil discharge incident in Louisiana

The US Coast Guard responded and commented on a crude oil discharge incident from the Bowley Cap Facility in Lake Bully Bonds near Galliano, Louisiana, Sunday, May 26. The source of oil discharge has been secured. Up to now the cause of the incident is under investigation.

The Ocean Cleanup upgrades system, plans relaunch in June

Following world’s first attempt to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from marine plastics that was interrupted due to unscheduled issues in late 2018, The Ocean Cleanup began to work on solutions that could start trialing again in June. 

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