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Impact of Marine Plastic on Marine Protected Area Habitats and Features - ME6027

An evidence gap regarding the impact of plastic litter on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) was identified. In recent standard benthic survey work in twenty-two MPAs across English inshore waters, Natural England found microplastic particles in all study sites and in 61.2% of the samples collected. However, there is a lack of information on the impact of plastic litter on the specific features of the MPA network.
ABPmer was commissioned by the Marine Biodiversity Impact Evidence Group (IEG), to synthesise available information to better understand impacts on designated sites and features from plastic pollution. This involved a literature review to identify the potential impact of marine plastic on the features of the English and Welsh inshore and offshore MPA network. A prioritisation of habitats and features was also undertaken to highlight MPA features most at risk from plastic litter based upon the evidence collated in the literature review
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2019

To: 2020

Cost: £34,675
Contractor / Funded Organisations
A B P Marine Environmental Res Ltd
Marine Sediments