Marine litter

child lifting up the sea to reveal rubbish

Marine litter is a global concern, affecting all the oceans of the world. Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in the ocean worldwide. It has the potential to cause environmental, economic, health and aesthetic problems.

In Wales, the problem is becoming more visible in the marine environment. This could be having a detrimental effect on marine biodiversity and coastal tourism, which our economy relies on.

It is assumed that 80% of marine litter:

  • originates from land-based sources
  • predominantly consists of plastic

It is crucial we come together to tackle this global challenge.

Wales Clean Seas Partnership is taking a leading role in tackling marine litter.

Understanding commercial fishing gear use and disposal needs in Wales

Welsh Government has been working with our fishing industry and key stakeholders. We are developing policy solutions for end of life fishing gear and ghost gear in Wales. This report focuses on fishing gear usage in Wales and underpins a key action within the Marine Litter Action Plan. The report highlights:

  • the different levels of infrastructure

  • approaches for gear disposal at some of our ports

  • the amount of end of life gear disposed of each year

Understanding commercial fishing gear use and disposal needs in Wales

Litter Prevention Plan for Wales

Welsh Government takes litter very seriously. We want to stop it from spoiling our local environment.

To help do this, we are working on a new Litter Prevention Plan. Wales Clean Seas Partnership is represented on the advisory group who are working on the plan.

We would like your views on what you think should be in the Litter Prevention plan for Wales.

Related links

Marine Litter Action Plan for Wales

Marine litter: what you can do

Wales Clean Seas Partnership: progress

Wales Clean Seas newsletter