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Tackling Marine Debris in the 21st Century


206 pages, Col & b/w figs

National Academies Press (NAP)

Paperback | Dec 2008 | #177491 | ISBN-13: 9780309126977
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Marine debris from ships and other ocean-based sources-including trash and lost fishing gear-contributes to the spoiling of beaches, fouling of surface waters and the seafloor, and harm to marine animals, among other effects. Unfortunately, international conventions and domestic laws intended to control marine debris have not been successful, in part because the laws, as written, provide little incentive to change behavior. This report identifies ways to reduce waste, improve waste disposal at ports, and strengthen the regulatory framework toward a goal of zero waste discharge into the marine environment. Progress will depend on a commitment to sustained funding and appropriate institutional support.


Front Matter
1 Introduction
2 Understanding Marine Debris and Its Impacts
3 Measures to Prevent and Reduce Marine Debris and Its Impacts
4 Derelict Fishing Gear and Fish Aggregating Devices
A Committee and Staff Biographies
B Acronyms
C Selected Literature on Quantities and Impacts of Marine Debris
D Parties to MARPOL Annex V and Members of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations
E Management of Waste and Derelict Fishing Gear

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Committee on the Effectiveness of International and National Measures to Prevent and Reduce Marine Debris and Its Impacts, National Research Council

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