En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary pledges ac­tion on ocean plas­tics

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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

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