The European Commission has announced a package of 23 measures to tackle ocean pollution, backed up by €300m of EU funding.
The initiatives, unveiled at the annual Our Ocean conference in Indonesia, include €100m for research and development to tackle plastic pollution, €82m for marine research including ecosystem assessments, and €18.4m to make the European ‘blue economy’ more sustainable.
“We have to urgently reduce marine litter and other sources of pollution, halt illegal fishing and support fragile marine ecosystems,” said environment commissioner Karmenu Vella. “We have to develop our blue economy - create sustainable jobs and growth - supported by cutting-edge research and new technologies. It is for this reason that we are making these commitments."
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