Decline in plastic bags on sea bed

Decline in plastic bags on sea bed

A report published last week by Cefas (the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science) has revealed a sharp decline in the number of plastic bags foudn littering the Greater North Sea.

Cefas have been surveying seabed littler around the British Isles for the past 25 years. Their most recent survey showed widespread distribution of litter with significant variation in density - some areas of the sea floor are free of litter. In others, litter is abundant.

While the amount of litter found shows no overall change, the sharp decline in plastic bags found compared to in 2010 suggests the plastic bag charges introduced between 2011 and 2015 are having their desired effect. Hopefully any similar measures brought in to reduce use of other single-use plastics would have result in further declines in plastic littering the seabed.

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