Divers try to free Rena debrisNew Zealand Herald | 14 May 2013
Six containers of pollutants remain to be emptied by divers working on the fast-disappearing hulk of the Rena.
Severe weather releases plastic beads from RenaNew Zealand Herald | 22 Apr 2013
Severe weather which hit the Bay of Plenty over the weekend, including swells of up to four metres at Astrolabe Reef, have caused the release of plastic beads from a damaged container in the sunken stern of the Rena.
Ecover to turn sea plastic into bottles in pioneering recycling schemeGuardian Unlimited | 07 Mar 2013
Ecover, the green cleaning brand, said on Thursday it will use plastic waste retrieved from the sea to create an entirely new type of sustainable and recyclable plastic bottle. The Belgian company is working with plastic manufacturer Logoplaste to combine plastic trawled from the sea with a plastic made from sugar cane ('Plant-astic') and recycled plastic, in what it is calling a world-first for packaging.
Our plastic rubbish killing sea lifeNew Zealand Herald | 04 Mar 2013
Dan Godoy hands me a plastic jar. It's filled with rubbish fragments: fishing line, rope, plastic bag pieces, remnants of plastic packaging, the end of an old balloon and blue, jagged hunks of a bucket, about the size of a 20c piece. The 224 pieces of plastic were found in the stomach of one turtle.
Japan Tsunami Marine Debris TweetchatNOAA's National Ocean Service | 22 Feb 2013
What types of debris are expected to reach U.S. shores and where? Is the debris radioactive? What should I do if I see debris? Get answers to these questions and more during our Japan Tsunami Marine Debris TweetChat on Wednesday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Professor in 'plastic hazard' callBBC | 14 Feb 2013
Researchers in the US and UK make a call to arms about classifying plastic waste - which threatens wildlife on land at at sea - as a hazard.
Tide of plastic devastates marine food chainScotsman | 28 Jan 2013
MARINE life in one of Scotlands biggest estuaries has been found to be riddled with pollution caused by plastic despite attempts to cut down on the amount entering coastal waters.
Rena wreck remains a major messNew Zealand Herald | 25 Jan 2013
The ongoing headache that is the salvage of the wrecked cargo ship Rena has only become worse with the latest task - gathering up about 1000 tonnes of debris strewn across the sea floor.
Unilever to phase out plastic microbeads from facial scrubsGuardian Unlimited | 09 Jan 2013
UK marine conservation groups are claiming victory after Unilever agreed to phase out miniscule plastic "microbeads" used in its facial scrubs and exfoliators because of the environmental damage they cause.
Government of Japan Gifts NOAA $5 Million to Address Tsunami Marine Debris [What's New]NOAA's National Ocean Service | 06 Dec 2012
On Nov. 30, the Government of Japan announced a gift of $5 million to the United States, through NOAA's Marine Debris Program, to support efforts in response to marine debris washing ashore in the U.S. from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The funds will be used to support marine debris response efforts, such as removal of debris, disposal fees, cleanup supplies, detection and monitoring.
Environment: EU aiming to be at the forefront of efforts to reduce marine litterEuropean Commission | 16 Nov 2012
Marine litter is a serious threat to the coastal and marine environment around the globe. Marine habitats are contaminated with man-made garbage and other waste, posing growing environmental, economic, health and aesthetic problems. The European Commission is raising awareness about this global problem, in line with commitments made in Rio this summer to reduce the incidence and impacts of such pollution on marine ecosystems.
CBD Study Examines Impacts of Marine Debris on Biodiversitybiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 11 Oct 2012
September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), published a study on the impacts of marine debris on biodiversity, and suggesting strategies to address the challenge.