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Ship-based Marine Plastic Litter
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    Ship-based Marine Plastic Litter : bibliography
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    Under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), the discharge of plastics into the sea is prohibited (Annex-V 1988). Pursuant to this regulation, governments are also required to ensure adequate port reception facilities to receive ship waste. Furthermore, the London Convention of 1972 and Protocol of 2006 limit material that can be dumped at sea. Recognizing the need to do more in the area of ship-based marine plastic litter, the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted an action plan to enhance existing regulations in support of reducing marine plastic litter from ships in October of 2018. This bibliography was developed in support of the NOAAs work on this action plan. While there is an abundance of literature on plastics in the marine environment, this bibliography is focused on ship-based litter. Due to the nature of the issue and the evolution in regulations, technology, and management, there was no limitations set on publication date.

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