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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-00977: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 3 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had on tackling the volume of plastics in seas around Scotland.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 11 May 2017

The Scottish Government has been involved in discussions with the international commission OSPAR, of which the UK is a contracting partner. The OSPAR objective is to substantially reduce marine litter in the North East Atlantic over the period of 2010-2020. To fulfil the OSPAR action plan, we have published and adopted Scotland’s Marine Litter Strategy which has a clear purpose: to develop current and future measures to ensure that the amount of litter entering the marine and coastal environment is minimised to bring ecological, economic and social benefits.

The Marine Litter Strategy Steering Group, led by Marine Scotland, includes representatives of key organisations leading in marine litter reduction. This Group meets quarterly to discuss and coordinate work on over 40 action points identified in the Strategy, including promoting public awareness and litter removal projects such as beach cleans and KIMO’s Fishing for Litter initiative.

Following a consultation period, the Scottish Government is in discussions with the UK Government and devolved administrations about the implementation of a ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products.