Keeping the Oceans Plastic Free

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Collecting plastic waste along the Mumbai beach front.

Abstract: Plastic litter and waste in the marine environment impact global ecology and the environment of the oceans. To understand the extent of the problem, India initiated a nationwide programme to collect data on plastic debris and its dispersal in coastal and offshore environments. These studies include the ubiquitous distribution of microplastics and litter near urban outfalls, tourist destinations and recreational areas into the marine systems. Segregation of wastes, installation of floating traps in the waterways and implementable environmental legislation are the ways to address the concern.

The authors are project scientists, National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), Ministry of Earth Sciences, respectively. The article should be cited as Mishra P., M. Sambandam, K. Dhineka and T. Kaviarasan. 2022. Keeping the Oceans Plastic Free, Geography and You, 22(148): 44-51