Project Outline and Objectives:
As plastic production increases globally we are, in turn, seeing a rise of litter lost into the marine environment. To combat this issue, numerous abatement strategies have been employed that target reducing litter from local sources. However, these strategies are under-researched in Australia and internationally. Given that litter not only reduces the economic value of an area but also creates a problem to public health, knowing what litter abatement strategies work is imperative to reducing litter entering the ocean. This PhD programme aims to determine a potential link between the density of the marine debris on the coastlines around Australia and the effectiveness of existing local litter abatement strategies.
Specifically the project will:
- Determine whether the presence/absence of particular litter policies, infrastructure and awareness-raising campaigns reduce litter loads of an area
- Discern the most cost efficient strategies at reducing litter in the environment
- Identify environmental and social indicators for target areas of illegal dumping and littering
- Identify high frequency litter items in a specific area and determine the success of a targeted litter item reduction strategy.
Joanna Vince, UTAS
Marcus Haward, UTAS
Denise Hardesty, CSIRO
Chris Wilcox, CSIRO
This project includes a collaboration study with Healthy Waterways in Queensland (Australia).