Marine debris is considered as one of the major problems affecting the health of oceans and marine biodiversity. Marine debris, plastics and mircoplastics have been on the agenda of international forums and continue to be widely-discussed by local, regional and international organisations (e.g. UNEP, IMO, CBD, APEC etc.).
In view of the importance of understanding the distribution, prevalence and pervasiveness of marine debris in Singapore, a research project on marine debris was initiated.
Identify and complete knowledge gaps about macro and micro-debris through a consolidation of existing data and a literature review.
Conduct surveys and monitoring of marine debris at a good representation of sites in Singapore and offshore islands to establish baseline data for Singapore.
Analyse all data to establish the status, sources and trends for marine pollution in Singapore to support effective management strategies.
Promote data contribution by the public, and awareness programmes through an integrated national citizen science programme