Aquarium Shines Spotlight On Marine Litter

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Aquarium shines spotlight on marine litter
22nd August 2017

By Sandra Pearce

A UK public aquarium has responded to a European Commission call for aquariums to educate visitors on the reality of marine litter in a ‘World Aquariums against Marine Litter’ campaign.

Aimed at providing practical solutions, this campaign hopes to bring the issue of marine litter to the attention of thousands of people across the globe.

Steve Matchett, general manager at Newquay Aquarium, said: “It’s a good opportunity for us to engage with our visitors who have enjoyed the marine life in the aquarium and to highlight the impact that we have on the marine environment through thoughtless pollution.”

Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium has turned one of its exhibit spaces into a marine litter display. The display is designed to highlight how visitors can help mitigate the problem of ocean-bound plastic.

Millions of tons of litter accumulate in the ocean and millions of marine animals die every year because of marine litter. In some areas, micro plastics already outnumber plankton by six to one.  It is estimated that by 2050, seas could contain more plastic than fish and 99% of seabirds could have ingested plastic.