Ansje Löhr, Heidi Savelli, Raoul Beunen, Marco Kalz, Ad Ragas, Frank Van Belleghem,
Solutions for global marine litter pollution,Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability,
Volume 28, October 2017, Pages 90-99, ISSN 1877-3435
Since the 1950s the amount of plastics in the marine environment has increased dramatically. Worldwide there is a growing
concern about the risks and possible adverse effects of (micro)plastics.
This paper reflects on the sources and effects of marine litter and the effects of policies and other actions taken worldwide. Current knowledge offers a solid basis for effective action. Yet, so far the effects of policies and other initiatives are still largely insufficient.
The search for appropriate responses could be based on possible interventions and profound understanding of the context specific factors
for success. Moreover, the scope, timeframe and dynamics of all initiatives are distinctly different and orchestration at all levels, in
close cooperation with one another is currently lacking.