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Challenges to Marine Debris Management in Korea

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Marine debris, such as derelict fishing gear, bottles, plastics, and Styrofoam, remain in the sea almost in perpetuity and harm the marine environment. Some marine debris is transboundary, making it a controversial issue on an international scale. With industrialization, population growth, and dense activity in coastal areas, large quantities of marine debris are generated, harming the marine environment and causing a large number of maritime accidents in Korea. Most of the coastal countries in the world are in a similar situation. The challenges to managing marine debris in Korea are shared with the international marine community.

Keywords: environmental impact; marine debris; marine debris management; marine environment

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08920750500217559

Affiliations: Marine Environment & Safety Research Division, Korea Maritime Institute, Seoul, Korea

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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