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Work towards reducing marine litter in our oceans
by KIMO International (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Marine litter is a global problem. Every year many millions of tonnes of litter end up in the oceans. Marine litter is now present in every ocean and poses the fastest growing threat to our oceans and coastlines, It originates from land-based and sea-based sources and is a pollutant that causes ecological harm to marine species. It breaks down into tiny particles that can end up in the human food chain. It adsorbs harmful chemicals and facilitates the travel of invasive species. It causes serious economic harm to marine industries and to local authorities, with losses for coastal communities, tourism, fishing and shipping. Marine litter causes harm to marine animals through ingestion and entanglement. Plastic degrades slowly and the ever-increasing quantity of items that we dispose of is causing an increase in marine litter. Consequently, the resulting environmental and economic problems are worsening.

KIMO will:
- Raise awareness at international, national and local level of the extent and effects of marine litter and microplastics
- Call for and support legislative change that prevents marine pollution
- Promote the circular economy strategy and support development of plastic-free solutions
- Work collaboratively with a wide diveristy of stakeholders and partners to reduce marine litter in the oceans, both by clean up solutions and by addressing the sources of plastic input
- Promote and facilitate intiatives to reduce marine pollution, such as the Fishing for Litter project
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
September 2018
Produce and disseminate best practice for local authorities on reducing secondary microplastics emissions
September 2020
Increase by 20% the number of ports and harbours participating in the Fishing for Litter project
Staff / Technical expertise
KIMO International and KIMO networks staff
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - September 2020
KIMO International (Non-governmental organisation)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Arabelle Bentley, KIMO Secretariat, info@kimo.shetland.org,
Shetland Islands, UK
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