This study investigates two key areas of marine debris research: litter from sea-based sources and microplastic litter from cosmetic products. The aim is to help the European Commission develop measures, including reduction targets, to combat marine litter. The work reviews the scale and nature of each of these sources as well as the measures to reduce them. This process reveals what is known and what is unknown in this field of research.
Report for European Commission DG Environment, Dr Chris Sherrington, Dr Chiarina Darrah, Simon Hann, George Cole, Mark Corbin, 432 pages, 29th January 2016