Research and analysis

Future of the sea: plastic pollution

A report examining the trends and implications of plastic pollution in the sea.


Future of the sea: plastic pollution

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This report summarises evidence on marine plastic pollution in the UK, its overseas territories and the global oceans. It explores:

  • what causes plastic pollution
  • how plastic pollution impacts the UK’s marine life, marine industries and human health
  • how plastic pollution will change in the future

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

Published 3 August 2017