Thanks to all our amazing Sea Champions for gathering proof that marine litter IS increasing, and for those of you who took part in last year's consultation. Scottish Government listened!
MCS Scotland Programme Manager, Calum Duncan, joined Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead at Portobello West Beach, Edinburgh yesterday for the launch of the first ever strategy setting out how to tackle the problem of marine litter around the country's coasts and waters.
We've led calls for a Marine Litter Strategy for almost a decade and hundreds of our supporters responded to last years consultation.
Data you send us after your Beachwatch surveys, feeds into strategy which reveals almost 40 new actions to minimise coastal and marine litter. We're pleased to see Scottish Government listened and the strategy includes some of our recommendation's, such as extending Port Waste Reception Facilities to include fishing vessels, expansion of the KIMO fishing for litter initiative, encouraging alternatives to plastic micro beads in personal care products and highlighting the need to tackle sources of sewage related debris.
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