IMO takes action on marine plastic litter
2018 , Nov 14
Discharging plastics into the sea is already prohibited under regulations for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships in the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which also oblige governments to ensure adequate port reception facilities to receive ship waste.
Under the London Convention and Protocol on the dumping of wastes at sea, only permitted materials can be dumped and this waste has to be fully assessed to ensure it does not contain harmful materials like plastic litter. IMO Member States meeting in the MEPC agreed actions to be completed by 2025, which relate to all ships, including fishing vessels.