The world’s seas are gradually filling with an increasing volume of waste, with plastic making up the single largest part of pollution in the marine environment.

According to a new report authored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Washington-based advocacy group The Ocean Conservancy, cited by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa), Plastic accounts for up to 80 percent of marine waste pollution in some waters, according to the report which was published in Washington and Nairobi to mark World Oceans Day on June 8.

The world’s seas are gradually filling with an increasing volume of waste, with plastic making up the single largest part of pollution in the marine environment.According to a new report authored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Washington-based advocacy group The Ocean Conservancy, cited by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa), Plastic accounts for up to 80 percent of marine waste pollution in some waters, according to the report which was published in Washington and Nairobi to mark World Oceans Day on June 8.

Shipping is one of the major sea-based sources of marine litter, as well as fishing and legal and illegal dumping at sea.

Smoking also plays a major role in marine pollution. The report’s researchers discovered that of the 103 million pieces of marine pollution categorised in the study, 25 million were cigarette filters or individual cigarettes.

According to the report’s authors much of the waste found at sea is caused by tourism.

The economic losses caused by marine litter were highlighted as an area which needs to be researched, as it is not currently being addressed.

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