Marine and Coastal Litter

Marine and Coastal Litter and Pollution

We are increasingly aware of the damage caused by litter on our coasts and in our seas. It looks unsightly, but worse, it can be extremely harmful to marine wildlife. Plastic waste is picked up by the ocean’s filter feeders, mistakenly eaten by seabirds and fish, and can cause death through entanglement for many marine creatures.

The Scale of the Problem webpage has more facts and figures on marine litter.


Positive action

There’s lots of  positive action you can take by reducing your use of plastics, and getting involved with the clean up.

The Scottish-wide ‘SCRAPbook’ uses aerial photography to show where there is litter along our shores, and you can help us to find the litter hotspots and to see what types of litter lie along the strandline. Take a look at the website.

See the launch of  SCRAPbook by Scottish Government Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham.

Cromarty Firth Litter Action

Around the Cromarty Firth we’re trialling some ways of cleaning up litter, working alongside local groups and schools. Find out more.


Beach volunteers

There are a number of  local groups running  beach clean events, or you could make litter picking part of every beach outing. Find out more.

Image credit: KIMO