The marine litter strategy has a clear purpose: to develop current and future
measures to ensure that the amount of litter entering the marine and coastal
environment is minimised to bring ecological, economic and social benefits.
The aim of the strategy is to help realise the vision of “clean, healthy, safe,
productive and biologically diverse marine and coastal environment that meets the
long term needs of people and nature”. This underpins developments in marine
legislation through the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 in promoting sustainable use of
our valuable and unique environment.
The development and implementation of the strategy will be led by Marine Scotland,
in taking the strategy forward. It is recognised that responsibility for delivery is
shared across local and national government, business, environmental and
community groups, and private individuals.
The strategy builds on work and initiatives already underway, involving individuals,
organisations, groups and communities in caring for their marine and coastal
environment. Bringing it together to add clear leadership, greater coordination of
efforts and fresh momentum.
Shaped by research and public consultation, the marine litter strategy seeks to
maximise opportunities and minimise threats in addressing the levels of litter
present, and recognises that the Marine Strategy Framework Directive is a key
With these key issues paramount, the marine litter strategy sets out five strategic
directions and a range of measures to help deliver the strategy.