A joint project between Seas At Risk and member organisation Stichting De Noordzee has culminated in a new brochure detailing the escalating problem of marine litter - which is now available online.

A joint project between Seas At Risk and member organisation Stichting De Noordzee has culminated in a new brochure detailing the escalating problem of marine litter - which is now available online.

The brochure - titled ‘No place for Waste’ - documents the inherent problems associated with marine litter and focuses on the part played by ships.

The brochure, which was distributed at last month’s biannual environmental meeting at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), addresses both the ecological impacts of marine litter and the societal costs.

Crucially, the pamphlet highlights what measures and through what processes a cleaner marine environment can be achieved.

In the forward by Captain Charles Moore, discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, he says: “With cleaning of the vast and deep ocean not being a practical solution, we must stop materials from becoming litter as close to their source as possible.”

“This means redesigning products for reduction of plastic packaging, and increasing shoreside recycling, making zero waste to the ocean a priority,” he added.

The brochure also calls for interested parties to get involved with the review process of the IMO’s Annex V. This specific Annex of the Marpol Convention – the main international convention addressing the prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships – is currently under review.

Both Stichting De Noordzee and Seas At Risk are closely involved in developments at the IMO and outlined in the brochure are key demands for stronger regulations to prevent litter, in all its forms, from being dumped at sea.

Also being monitored is the review of the European Union directive EC/2000/59 which is set for its first official stakeholder input later this year.

For more information on the ship litter campaign or to receive a printed copy of the brochure, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No Place for Waste: Let’s end ship waste dumping at sea

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