Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for further action to tackle plastic pollution today on World Ocean Day. Highlighting the Plastic Pollution Bill he introduced in 2019, Mr Carmichael noted recent information released on marine animals washed up on the shoreline in the North of Scotland and the Northern Isles, whose stomachs were filled with marine plastic.
Mr Carmichael said:
“On World Ocean Day we need to think about how we can better protect marine life. Individual actions are important but all levels of government – from local to international – need to work together to tackle the scourge of marine pollution. Around 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year. The government should take up the Plastics Pollution Bill so that we can reduce the numbers of marine animals washing up on our shores, killed by marine plastic.
“We need to start consulting on the best ways to protect important areas of marine life in UK waters. The government’s review into Highly Protected Marine Areas was published today and called for greater implementation of these zones. It is in everyone’s interests to have a sustainable marine ecosystem.”