Date lodged: 16 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what recent international efforts it has taken part in to address marine pollution.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 November 2017
The Scottish Government's Marine Litter Strategy has over 40 on-going action points which all aim to reduce the amount of litter entering our seas and international waters. The Strategy and action points support the international commission OSPAR in its objectives to substantially reduce amounts of marine litter and also helps Scotland meet our obligations under the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive to achieve good environmental status in our marine waters by 2020 and the requirement that “the properties and quantities of marine litter do not cause harm to the coastal and marine environments”. Marine Scotland is currently working closely with the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations to introduce a UK-wide ban on the manufacture and sale of rinse-off personal care products containing plastic microbeads. Following the announcement in the Programme for Government, plans are also underway to host an international conference on healthy seas with a focus on marine litter in early 2019.