Macro and microplastic debris in the oceans is a death trap for millions of marine animals. Plastic pollution is suffocating marine ecosystems and microplastics and harmful toxins lead to the contamination of vital food webs. OceanCare fully supports the existence of SDG14.1 on the reduction of marine pollution and continues its enduring commitment in working towards the reduction of marine plastic debris by:
1. Supporting and enabling the collection of scientific data through our collaborative research programmes, and contributing the acquired data to relevant forums with the aim of increasing global understanding and awareness of the magnitude of marine plastic debris, as well as its trends in key hotspots;
2. Highlighting the extent and harmful effects of plastic pollution among consumers, across relevant industries and governments, and underscoring the importance of developing and implementing plastic free, plastic reduction- and recycling-oriented solutions; including the promotion of circular economy approaches;
3. Participating in collaborative efforts towards specific marine plastic debris reducing objectives via coalitions, networks , strategic partnerships and through multilateral environmental forums;
4. Enhancing capacity building on marine animal rescue programmes. Currently supporting programs within the UK and South Africa and with the planned expansion of at least one more supported location by 2018.
Translate and promote the OceanCare education video on plastic pollution to the respective languages of the Mediterranean region (currently available in Spanish, English, German and Chinese).
Contributed data to various forums and bodies including via UNEPs Global Partnership on Marine Litter app and to the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS) Scientific Committee in order to assist with the development of baseline references and identification of marine plastic debris hotspots, scales and trends
OceanCare will have secured additional companies from the private sector to proactively reduce or eliminate plastic products within their business model and/or propagated circular-economy models, including using sustainable alternatives and recycling business models. Such collaborations will be measured and results presented to relevant stakeholders and forums.
OceanCare will launch our I Care campaign, with three main objectives: 1) Ban the use of microplastics in cosmetic products in Switzerland by the beginning of 2019 2) Reduce the use of disposable plastic in the take-away industry (initial focus on Switzerland) and 3) Further the development of filters by washing machine manufacturers to prevent plastic micro-fibres entering the water ways (focus on producers in Switzerland, Austria, Germany)
Staff / Technical expertise
2 Staff in headquarters, one scientist, and at least 2 part time ocean policy consultants
Financing (in USD)
Data collection enabled by OceanCare is fed into various relevant forums and processes