World Animal Protection part of marine litter event supported by Royal couple

20 July 2015

We join Royal couple and environmental organisations on Ocean Plastics Awareness Day to find solutions and raise awareness about marine litter and the impact it has on animals

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be taking part in an Ocean Plastics Awareness Day on Fistral Beach, Newquay on the 22nd July.

The Royal couple will be hosted by Surfers Against Sewage, the Marine Conservation Society and Clean Cornwall.

We will be there amongst other NGOs, local and national government and industry. The day will provide an opportunity to commit to exploring and delivering pilot schemes to prevent the flow of plastics to local beaches and reuse plastic waste. It will also enable us to raise awareness of the Sea Change campaign which aims to reduce the the impact of ghost gear, lost and discarded fishing gear, on marine animals.

Most ghost fishing gear is made out of plastic and once lost at sea, it can take up to 600 years to degrade. Ghost gear seriously harms marine animals and has inflicted huge suffering on seals in Cornwall. Read about the seals rescued from ghost fishing gear earlier this year.

The event will also see the launch of a Statement of Intent signed by participating NGOs, local government, academia and businesses to explore, develop and deliver innovative circular economy pilot projects. A circular economy is one that sees waste as a valuable resource rather than a burden. For example, it could explore ways in which ghost fishing gear can be removed from the environment and successfully recycled.

Follow us via our Twitter account, @MoveTheWorldUK and on Facebook to stay updated on the day.

Find out more about our Sea Change campaign.

Most ghost fishing gear is made out of plastic and once lost at sea, it can take up to 600 years to degrade. Ghost gear seriously harms marine animals and has inflicted huge suffering on seals in Cornwall.

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