International action on marine plastics

Wednesday 13 July 2022
We have all heard of the term ‘micro-plastics’, but the amount of plastic waste in our oceans is huge!
Plastic bottles on a beach

According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), by 2050, the quantity of plastics in the oceans will outweigh fish. Plastics of all kinds are a massive problem in our marine environments, affecting marine fauna and flora, and people’s livelihoods, and health.

AMSA is engaged in the ongoing work of the IMO to reduce marine pollution. In 2021, the IMO adopted a strategy to address marine plastic litter from ships. This sets out goals to reduce plastic in the oceans in several ways:

•    reducing plastic waste from fishing vessels
•    reducing shipping's contribution to marine plastic litter 
•    improving port facilities for the disposal and recycling of plastics, and 
•    raising awareness and instigating action through public education and training programs.

The IMO strategy is accompanied by an action plan, which outlines a number of actions to reduce marine plastic litter. AMSA is currently working with the IMO to implement these actions by 2025. 

Find out more about this important campaign.