Marine Litter

Marine Litter and Pollution

We are increasingly aware of the damage caused by litter and pollution 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 Litter Facts webpage has more facts and figures on marine litter.

Get Involved

There’s lots of  positive action you can take by reducing your use of plastics, and getting involved with the clean up. There are a number of  local groups running  beach clean events, or you could make litter picking part of every beach outing. Check out our webpage for some ideas.

Find out about  Scottish-wide ‘SCRAPbook’ – Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography –  which began as an idea from the Moray Firth Partnership.

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.

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