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Marine Debris Cleanup 2,049 MT in Q2 2020 OCA continues with cleanup

According to the statistics of the Ocean Conservation Administration (OCA) of the Ocean Affairs Council (OAC), the volume of marine debris cleanup (including beach litter and floating (seafloor) marine debris) in Q2 (April-June) 2020 of 19 coastal counties and cities totaled 2,049 MT. The sources of marine debris cleaned up in Q2 2020 included beach litter, floating marine debris, seafloor marine debris, ship garbage, and shore debris. A total of about 474 MT (23.13%) was cleaned up from coastal areas, about 388 MT (18.94%) from surface waters, about 2 MT from the seabed (0.09%), about 621 MT (30.33%) from ships, and about 564 MT (27.51%) from the shore. In addition, about 6.4% of marine sea debris is recyclable, while about 93.6% is non-recyclable. The types of recyclable marine debris include glass bottles (1.27%), PE bottles (3.91%), scrapped paper (0.21%), iron cans (0.64%), and aluminum cans (0.37%). The types of non-recyclable marine debris include scrapped fishing gears (3.28%), wood (8.49%), styrofoam (3.59%), and other waste (78.24%). The volume of the marine debris cleaned up in Q2 2020, compared to Q2 2019 (2827 MT), was reduced by 775 MT but increased by 437 MT, compared to Q1 this year. The OCA will continue to observe the connection between the changes in marine debris and the pandemic this year. In addition, other waste at 78.24% (about 1,603 MT of unspecified general waste) was the highest among all types of marine debris in Q2. The OCA promotes the marine cleanup alliance to protect the marine environment through public-private partnerships in collaboration with the environmental protection fleets, the diver team, and citizen observers who help collect marine debris.

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Ocean Conservation Administration, Ocean Affairs Council