A leaked report by the German government has heavily criticised both the United Nations and the European Union’s efforts to prevent the continuing build up of marine waste at sea, the German magazine Spiegel Online has reported.

The threat to fisheries due to the adverse effect of ocean acidification has been put high on the agenda by leading marine biologist Jim McClintock.

A ban on fishing in certain European waters in order to replenish stocks has been called for by two leading fisheries scientists in a study published last month.

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