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Marine plastic waste threatens the ecosystem… Half the amount by 2030

"Wow! Isn't that styrofoam?"


Every year, 145,000 tons of waste are dumped into our oceans, 80 percent of which is plastic waste.

Crab trapped in plastic waste (The Guardian)

In the last five years, there have been nearly 1,000 accidents caused by marine debris, such as waste fishing nets. Plastic waste in the sea also threatens the life of marine life. Plastics have been found on the stomachs of 20 of the 38 sea turtles that died on our coast over the past year. The government declared this year the first year of zero marine plastics, and is actively working to reduce sea debris.

The Prime Minister of Korea addressing the goal to cut half the amount of marine plastic trash by 2030 (Yonhap News Agency)

[Nak-yeon Lee / Prime Minister]

"We will cut marine plastic waste by half by 2030, and we really need the participation of all people, including farmers, urban residents and businesses."

To this end, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will increase the supply of eco-friendly fishing gear, and also implement a system to return waste deposits and waste deposits back to 2021.

We will also promote measures to block terrestrial plastic waste flowing through rivers.



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