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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10809: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 16 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is taking to eliminate marine pollution from nurdles.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 1 September 2017

The Scottish Government published the Marine Litter Strategy in 2014 with over 40 actions to reduce the amount of litter entering our seas, including plastic pellets or 'nurdles'. The Marine Litter Strategy Steering Group is meeting 7 September 2017 and the subject of nurdles has been added to the agenda at the request of one of the members Fidra. Fidra runs The Great Nurdle Hunt and promotes Operation Clean Sweep, an international programme designed by the plastics industry to prevent the loss of material by those who make, ship and use nurdles. Marine Scotland chairs the Steering Group and it will work with the group to agree actions to promote this programme with relevant organisations in Scotland.