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.
More specifically this project will: