The European Commission's Environment Directorate-General has launched a new website on 'Marine Pollution Awareness'.
Marine litter currently represents a vast and growing threat to the marine and coastal environments. Plastic waste, for example, eventually enters the food chain as animals confuse debris with food and may cause serious health problems.
The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), adopted in June 2008, aims at achieving 'good environmental status' (GES) of all marine waters of the European Union by 2020. It identifies marine litter as one of eleven chief pressures on the marine environment.
The new website provides direct access to presentations and videos from a major workshop on marine litter that took place on 8 November 2010 in Brussels.
It also features two very interesting reports: