This symposium aims for exchanges of views and to inform about the threat of plastic to ocean life and possible reactions.
Recently there has been an increasing worldwide discussion about plastic which fragments slowly and pollutes the environment. It has been estimated that about 9 million tons of plastic have been produced since around 1950 and about 90% of this is still present in the environment. The problem is greater than anyone could comprehend only a few years ago. This has also led to demands from both the public and politicians about actions to mitigate the problems that it is causing.
The symposium will evaluate the present status of plastic pollution in Arctic and Subarctic waters and discuss:
Hrönn Jörundsdottir, Matis, IcelandThomas Maes, CEFAS, UK
Member of Scientific Steering Committee:Eydís S. Eiríksdóttir, Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, Reykjavik, IcelandBjørn E. Grøsvik, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, NorwayChelsea Rochman, University of Toronto, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Toronto, CanadaKara Lavender Law, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USAMelanie Bergmann, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, GermanyWojciech Wawrzynski, ICES, Copenhagen, DenmarkHenrik Enevoldsen, IOC UNESCO, Copenhagen, DenmarkJennifer Provencher, Acadia University - National Wildlife Research Centre, CanadaHalla Hrund Logadóttir, Harvard Kennedy School, USADr. Bhavan Narayanaswamy, Scottish Marine Institute, Scotland
Local organizing committee:
Principal sponsors:The Icelandic Ministry of Foreign AffairsThe Icelandic Ministry of the Environment and ResourcesThe Icelandic Ministry of Industry and InnovationThe Nordic Council of Ministers
Co-sponsors:The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)The OSPAR CommissionThe Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC)The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute of IcelandThe Harvard Kennedy SchoolThe International Arctic Science Committee