Research and analysis

Future of the sea: hazardous chemicals and physical contaminants

A report examining the evidence for chemical and physical pollutants in the sea around the UK and its Overseas Territories.

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Future of the sea: hazardous chemicals and physical contaminants

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This report summarises what is known about the presence of pollution in the UK and its Overseas Territories, and its impacts. It explores:

  • the current levels of chemical and physical pollutants (such as radioactivity, noise, light pollutants) and likely future trends
  • the implications of pollution for marine biodiversity, fisheries and seafood
  • international and regional legislation to regulate pollutants

It was commissioned as part of the Foresight Future of the Sea project.

Published 4 December 2017