Ospar Commission
OSPAR's Quality Status Report 2023 Friday Ocean Findings Issue 17
This week we've published the first of our indicator assessments which will contribute to our 2023 Quality Status Report.

We're excited to have published our first ever assessment of marine litter ingested by sea turtles which shows that there is a high incidence of litter ingestion in the North-East Atlantic. This new, innovative common indicator provides the baseline for further monitoring and evaluation of trends.

The 2nd of our indicator assessments published this week is our updated assessment on abundance, composition and trends of beach litter. It shows that plastics continue to blight beaches in the North-East Atlantic although significant decreases have been observed since our last assessment. OSPAR continues to take measures to reduce beach litter through our 2nd Marine Litter Regional Action Plan.

Some of the Secretariat joined the Marine Conservation Society's Big Beach Clean this year to gain more of an insight into the work that goes into collecting the data used in our assessments. We were impressed by the hard work and dedication and would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the collection of the data and to all of our authors, without whom such assessments would not be possible. We are proud that OSPAR assessments are a truly collaborative endeavour connecting scientists and policy makers across the North-East Atlantic who believe in the OSPAR vision of a clean, healthy and biologically diverse North-East Atlantic Ocean, which is productive, used sustainably and resilient to climate change and ocean acidification.
Marine litter ingested by sea turtles
Abundance, composition and trends of beach litter
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