56 returned results for 'marine litter'

  • IA2017 – Marine litter is a problem

    OSPAR has assessed the occurrence of marine litter in all regions within its Maritime Area, except for the Wider Atlantic where there is poor data availability. Marine litter, in particular plastic, is abundant on beaches, in the water column and on the seafloor. Marine litter also affects biota, as indicated by the levels in North…

    4th September 2017

  • Scottish Fishermen Land 1000th Tonne of Marine Litter

    Our very own Professor Colin Moffat was asked recently to attend and give a short presentation at an event to celebrate the success of the KIMO UK’s Fishing for Litter scheme. Supported by partners, including the Scottish Government, the Fishing for Litter scheme encourages skippers of fishing vessels to land litter they catch in their…

    18th January 2017

  • Beaches in Scotland see a decrease of 18% in overall marine litter levels

    Readers of this blog will be aware of the work that some of our colleagues in Torry, Aberdeen, have been doing on tidying up the local beach area there. Colleagues from SEPA, SNH, JNCC and Marine Scotland have been cleaning up the area for some time now and in September, we were delighted to promote and be…

    24th November 2016

  • Taking the message about marine litter back to school

    In Marine Scotland, we have a bunch of very active and knowledgeable colleagues who are STEM Ambassadors who spend lots of time educating and working with your people, whether at schools or universities. In March, one on the members of our Fish Health Inspectorate attended an Eco-day at the Mill O’Forest primary school in Stonehaven, where…

    22nd June 2015

  • Best buddies help marine life

    It is well acknowledged that any kind of marine litter poses a detrimental effect to the environment, economy and society so in response, Scotland produced its first Marine Litter Strategy in 2014 with the aim of reducing the amount of litter entering the sea. The Strategy sets out over 40 actions including encouraging producers to change the design of products, such…

    25th January 2017

  • Glitter-pickers put some sparkle back into the community

    Last Friday (24th June) the Marine Laboratory took part in a litter pick event, organised by the Aberdeen City Council’s (ACC) environmental team.   The Glitterpick, designed to help “make the city sparkle more in the summer months”, involved 24 local schools and community groups; who each took one of the 24 areas selected, around the…

    1st July 2016

  • Marine Scotland Staff Clean Up: 19 February 2016

    Some plucky colleagues from the Marine Laboratory donned their waterproofs last Friday, and joined forces with Aberdeen City Council companions, for a very wet and windy litter-pick. The area inside Torry battery, the shore and the embankment below, where lots of juice bottles and fireworks were found, were all cleared of waste.  A truly great…

    24th February 2016

  • Marine Scotland Staff Clean Up: 11 February 2016

    To date over 80 volunteers, including many from the Marine Laboratory, have taken part in the regular Thursday lunchtime clean-ups around the Torry Battery.  Last week Danny and three of his colleagues continued the clean-up by arranging for a fish tub, large fender and fridge unit to be removed from the shore.  The team was…

    15th February 2016

  • Marine Scotland Staff Clean Up: 22 January 2015

    There have been a couple of clean-ups since Christmas-time. Danny took to the beach on his own for the first one and Paul Stainer joined in for last week’s trip down to the shore; where 152 items were collected in 20 minutes. We are now into our second year of litter-picking and I’m sure Danny…

    26th January 2016

  • Marine Scotland Staff Clean Up: 10 December 2015

    Not one to let a bit of cold weather, and a lack of helpers deter him, our intrepid litter-picker-upper, Danny Pendrey, ventured out last week to keep on top of the beach litter and ensure all the fantastic clean-up work him, and his team, have done isn’t in vain. Totals to date are: Bottles and…

    16th December 2015