Inter Island Public Health Forum

Lewis Stagnetto

Lewis Stagnetto

Title of Presentation: Plastic in the Marine Environment

Plastic in the marine environment is on the rise with global figures showing around 12 million tons entering the oceans. Plastic is lined with certain harmful products like Bisphenol-A (BPA) and once in the marine environment it can absorb other harmful toxins. Mounting evidence suggests that animals are actively feeding on this anthropogenic waste and that these harmful chemicals are entering the food web at all trophic levels. As part of the food web, much of these toxins must be ending up in us with some obvious health consequences.

The talk will explore various ways that plastic enters the food web locally and suggests initiatives which The Nautilus Project are running locally to raise awareness.