For the past two years five scientific institutes from Belgium, England, the Netherlands and France performed a risk assessment to determine the impact of microplastics within the Interreg 2Seas area and the Channel region. Several aspects were studied. Sampling en modelling work to look at the presence of this pollution and the characterization of the polymers, the chemical compounds adsorbed on plastic and the bacteria able to colonize plastic debris were combined with experiments to assess the impact on some sentinel species of the marine environment and on maritime activities.
We kindly invite you to the stakeholder (policymakers, socio-economic actors, scientists) meeting of this project on which the results of the consortium will be presented followed by a discussion on the main issues of the microplastics problem. The meeting will be closed by a reception.