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University of Surrey to tackle marine litter issue

The University of Surrey recently announced that will tend its focus on the marine litter issue. Specifically, Dr Kayleigh Wyles will investigate the matter at hand through a study based on how volunteers can tackle the marine pollution.

Design of system capable of removing plastic from the ocean

The culmination of the 2019 Design Challenge of RINA and the Institute of Marine, Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), held by the Western Joint Branch took place on Monday, December 2. The challenge is a biennial competition for those in the earlier stages of their careers aimed at developing their problem solving; teamwork and management skills outside of their usual environment. More specifically, the subject for this year was to design a system capable of removing items of macro plastic from the oceans.

220 pounds of ocean trash inside dead sperm whale

About 220 pounds of tangled netting, rope, debris and plastic have been found inside the belly of a dead whale, near to a Scottish beach. The dead sperm whale was found from a local whale research group on November 30, on Luskentyre Beach in the Outer Hebrides.

Ocean Cleanup to transform plastics to products, verified by DNV GL

Overcoming challenging and barriers, the Ocean Cleanup brought the first batch of ocean plastic to shore following their first mission to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which will be transformed into products, then sold to contribute to the funding of the project. Thus, DNV GL was selected to ensure the origin of the plastic debris.

Kuwait bans single-use plastic items onboard vessels

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Communications announced that the use of specific single-use plastic items onboard Kuwaiti and foreign ships which will be prohibited; The ban concerns items that are prohibited with immediate effect and others to be banned after January 1, 2020. 

Researchers find microplastics along the entire NSR

During an expedition in the Northern Sea Route, Russian researchers discovered microplastics all along the route, marking the first time ever that samples have been taken of microplastic waste along the route. The expected results will highlight the seriousness of marine pollution, addressing the matter that even some of the world’s most inaccessible oceans are impacted form pollution. 

About 75% of plastic bottles in sea come from China, report finds

The last 3 decades have seen an increase in plastic drink bottles, as they are the fastest growing form of pollution, in comparison to all debris types on remote Inaccessible Island; A newly-launched report notes that the rapid growth in Asian debris, mainly from China, coupled with the recent manufacture of these items, indicates that ships are responsible for most of the bottles floating in the central South Atlantic Ocean

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