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
Local organizing committee:
Magnus Johannesson, The Icelandic Ministry of Foreign AffairsOlafur S. Astthorsson, The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, ReykjavikEydís S. Eiríksdóttir, The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, ReykjavikHelga Jónsdóttir, The Icelandic Ministry of the Environment and Resources
The Icelandic Ministry of Foreign AffairsThe Icelandic Ministry of the Environment and ResourcesThe Icelandic Ministry of Industry and InnovationThe Nordic Council of Ministers
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