North East Fife’s SNP MSP Roderick Campbell has welcomed the Scottish Government’s publication of A Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland, addressing a problem which costs Scotland £16.8million every year.
The Strategy – which proposes almost 40 new actions to minimise coastal and marine litter – details a problem which impacts on environment, wildlife, industry and tourism.
Commenting on the launch, Mr Campbell said: “Scotland’s marine environment is one of our greatest assets and anyone who has been to one of the many beaches in North East Fife can attest to that. Elie Woodhaven Bay, St Andrews West Sands and Earlsferry beach are just some of North East Fife’s beaches that are regularly commended, nationwide, for their high quality bathing water and environment.
“Marine litter is a significant problem, however, and I am pleased that this new strategy will tackle this issue. A staggering amount of discarded materials – particularly plastics – wash up on our beaches every single day, posing dangers to marine wildlife and polluting our clean bathing waters.
“Marine litter is also damaging and costly for our fishing fleet.”