Environment Secretary pledges action on ocean plastics
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has pledged action to reduce plastic choking our oceans.
Around eight million tonnes of plastic makes its way into our oceans each year: experts estimate plastic is ingested by 31 species of marine mammals and more than 100 species of seabirds. As new figures reveal that nine billion fewer plastic bags were used since the government introduced a 5p charge – an 83% reduction – the Environment Secretary set out further plans to prevent other sources of plastic finding their way into our oceans during a speech entitled ‘Delivering a Green Brexit’.
The Green Blue, the RYA’s joint environment campaign with British Marine, has welcomed the announcement that legislation will be introduced to ban the manufacture of microbeads – tiny pieces of plastic that are easily swallowed by marine life – in cosmetics and personal care products. Last year the government launched a consultation on banning microbeads in personal care products. The Green Blue supported the proposed ban and is mindful that people having showers on boats without grey water holding tanks contribute to the amount of microbeads in the sea, possibly without realising it. n For advice on operating your boat in an environmentally friendly manner, visit thegreenblue.org.uk/Boat-Users
Around eight million tonnes of plastic makes its way into our oceans each year