The marine litter pollution is a global issue of international concern. Marine litter comes from both land and sea-based sources and it can be observed in seas around the world, and poses a number of problems as it brings physical harm to aquatic organisms that ingest and become trapped in debris; litter acts as a vector for pollutants that can bioaccumulate up the food chain; and in many cases it is extremely difficult and costly to remove from aquatic bodies. Currently, monitoring efforts for marine litter occur at different levels, with most endeavors being localized. UNEP tries to explore the possibility to within the framework of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter establish a global monitoring system for marine litter. To develop this kind of the monitoring system a citizen science approach can be developed in order to better assess key influx zones, identify areas for priority intervention, allow for initial measurement/estimate of macro litter, and increase public awareness concerning the marine litter issue. As part of my internship with UNEP, GPA, Marine litter unit, I was reviewing the current citizen science efforts have been done to monitoring marine litter.
Zhang, Jing, "Citizen science for global marine litter monitoring" (2016). Internship Reports (Restricted). 117.
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