Scientists find oil-eating bacteria in the Mariana Trench

An international team of researchers has discovered a new group of oil-eating bacteria in the mysterious ecosystem of the Mariana Trench, according to a study published in the journal Microbiome. Located in the Western Pacific, the deepest part of the trench lies a staggering 36,200 feet below sea-level. If you were to place Mount Everest at the bottom, the peak would still be around 7,000 feet from the surface.

Nordic countries urge for global agreement on plastics

In a joint declaration during the Nordic Council 2019 in Reykjavik, Iceland, the Nordic ministers for the environment, pushed for a new global agreement on the reduction and prevention of plastic waste and microplastics discharged into the sea. 

Watch: Causes of Ocean Cleanup System’s failure

The Ocean Cleanup System 001 began operations in September 2018. Although in the beginning it seemed to have positive outcome, after sometime of operating it was acknowledged that the system was facing challenges, as the plastic was exiting the system once it was collected. Therefore, the Founder and CEO of Ocean Cleanup, Boyan Slat, explains the root causes of the system’s failure.

Over 120 tons of sea debris collected in Abu Dhabi waters

Safeen, an Abu Dhabi Ports subsidiary and a provider of integrated marine services in the Middle East, has collected more than 120 tons of floating sea debris in Abu Dhabi waters during 2018. Of the total collected material, the company recycled over ten tons. The establishment of the Environment and Anti-Pollution Department at Safeen used a special boat which was responsible for the collection of tons of floating debris.

Project NEPTUNES aims to mitigate noise pollution in the marine environment

In 2017, a small group of pioneering ports created an inventory ship-generated noise in berth, at anchor and manoeuvring to get in berth or leaving the berth. The project NEPTUNES – Noise Exploration Program To Understand Noise Emitted by Seagoing Ships –  aims to mitigate the noise pollution from seagoing vessels.

IMO discusses of new ways to tackle marine litter

The side-event ‘Sea-Based Sources of Marine Litter’, in the margin of the UN Environment Assembly, was conducted in Nairobi Kenya – 11 to 15 March- in light of acknowledging the threat plastic debris poses in seas and the ways to get rid of it. 

Bill C-64 in protection of Canada’s marine environment launched

The Government of Canada via its ‘Ocean Protection Plan’ is acting to prevent its eco-marine environment from being affected as wrecked, abandoned, and hazardous vessels, including small boats, pose environmental, economic, and safety hazards, and are a concern for coastal and inland water communities across Canada via yesterday’s passage of Bill C-64: the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act.

adidas targets more shoes from recycled plastic in 2019

In 2018, sporting goods manufacturer adidas produced more than five million pairs of shoes containing recycled plastic waste. The company now plans to more than double that figure in 2019, setting a target of eleven million pairs of shoes made from plastic waste, making every product ‘a small contribution to the preservation of our oceans’. 

Watch: The goals of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW)

A team of almost 30 global companies launched the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) earlier in January, committing over $1 billion to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste, mostly in the ocean environment. In this video, Martin Brudermüller, CEO of BASF, one of the co-founding companies, explains why the alliance is so important. 

New global alliance commits over $1 billion to tackle plastic waste

The cross value chain Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), currently made up of nearly 30 member companies, seeks to develop and bring to scale solutions that will minimize and manage plastic waste and promote solutions for used plastics by helping to enable a circular economy.

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