Scientists from the University of Plymouth have joined an international research expedition to the Galapagos Islands in an attempt to reduce the impact of marine litter on the region’s wildlife.
There is a growing movement in Galapagos to drastically reduce marine plastic pollution with the aim of having a plastic-free Galapagos Marine Reserve.
As part of the ambitious programme Professor Richard Thompson OBE, Head of the University’s International Marine Litter Research Unit, joined a team focussed on helping local authorities develop a plan that will see Galapagos become a model for the world on how to deal with plastic pollution.
The trip was led by the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) and brought together other UK marine plastic pollution experts, local agencies in the Galapagos and the community.
Professor Thompson, whose work has influenced global thinking and policy on marine litter, said:
“The Galapagos Islands are a haven for marine wildlife, but they face the same threats as the rest of the planet when it comes to plastic pollution.”
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