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Microplastics in the oceans is an increasing problem and have many sources and enters the oceans through a broad range of vectors. To reduce the amount of micro plastics in the oceans, we need to know the source and the pathways. JPI Oceans have since 2015 worked to increase the understanding of microplastics in the oceans. The first 4 projects have been finalised and JPI Oceans have launched a second call of 10,5 million euro for transnational research project on microplastics.
According to experience and recent investigations, there are annually lost between 3-5000 lobster pots along the Swedish West Coast. Sotenäs municipality has an ongoing project to look at this problem. The project leader, Per-Olof Samuelsson writs about the problem and the project.
Based at Aalborg University, Denmark and with funding from the Velux Foundation, the MarinePlastic research center unites Danish researchers from different institutions and academic disciplines to collaborate in the fight against one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is considering an improvement of their MSC Fisheries Standard requirements around ghost gear. This could increase requirements of knowledge on gear loss and the impact of lost gear on habitats, ecosystems and species of concern.
The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF) is financing four new projects to increase knowledge about the extent of plastic waste from the seafood industry, how to reduce emissions and increase the knowledge about micro and nano plastics in fish.