CMS researcher Dr Joanna Vince and PhD students Kathy Willis and Kelsey Richardson, and Peter Walsh from IMAS presented the seminar Tackling marine debris through research under the Marine, Antarctic and Maritime University of Tasmania Research Theme.
Marine plastic pollution is a complex collective action problem with direct ecological and social consequences. An estimated 6-12 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans annually. It is so widespread that macroplastics, microplastics, and nanoplastics have been found in the most remote ocean areas and at enormous depths. While the majority of plastic enters the ocean via land-based sources, sea-based pollution has a disproportionately large impact on fisheries and the marine ecosystem.
This Marine Antarctic and Maritime Research Theme forum introduces UTAS researchers and their projects that address this pressing issue. These researchers utilise multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to examine issues ranging from local to global impacts and solutions for plastic marine debris sourced from both the land and the sea.
Seminar livestream: https://livestream.com/UniversityofTasmania/events/8217944/videos/175564126