Canna in the Hebrides. Greenpeace found plastic bottles, bags, packaging and plastic fragments strewn on more than 30 beaches in remote areas.

A Greenpeace expedition around Scottish coastlines has found plastic in the feeding grounds of basking sharks, in the habitats of puffins, seals and whales, and in the nests and beaks of seabirds.

Greenpeace’s ship the Beluga II on a scientific expedition around Scotland’s coastlines, sampling seawater for microplastics and documenting the impact of ocean plastic on some of the UK’s precious marine life.
Greenpeace’s ship the Beluga II on a scientific expedition around Scotland’s coastlines, sampling seawater for microplastics and documenting the impact of ocean plastic on some of the UK’s precious marine life.

 

Kilninian beach, Isle of Mull, Scotland. Greenpeace collaborated with the Scottish Seabird Centre, the Marine Conservation Society, the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin trust and RSPB Scotland, and also ran community engagement work to raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution, including talks and beach cleans with schools.
Kilninian beach, Isle of Mull, Scotland. Greenpeace collaborated with the Scottish Seabird Centre, the Marine Conservation Society, the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin trust and RSPB Scotland, and also ran community engagement work to raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution, including talks and beach cleans with schools.

 

A beach clean on the Isle of Eigg, Scotland. Residents help to clear plastic debris from the beach at Singing Sands.
A beach clean on the Isle of Eigg, Scotland. Residents help to clear plastic debris from the beach at Singing Sands.

 

A pupil from Ulver primary school takes part in a beach clean at Kilninian beach, Isle of Mull.
A pupil from Ulver primary school takes part in a beach clean at Kilninian beach, Isle of Mull.

 

Plastic cotton buds and a tampon applicator found on Kilninian beach, Isle of Mull.
Plastic cotton buds and a tampon applicator found on Kilninian beach, Isle of Mull.

 

Canna in the Hebrides. Greenpeace found plastic bottles, bags, packaging and plastic fragments strewn on more than 30 beaches in remote areas.
Canna in the Hebrides. Greenpeace found plastic bottles, bags, packaging and plastic fragments strewn on more than 30 beaches in remote areas.

 

The award-winning artist Mandy Barker collects plastic debris on Canna in the Hebrides. Barker will make a bespoke artwork for Greenpeace’s End Ocean Plastics campaign which will be exhibited in Edinburgh at the final event, alongside a science display showing microplastic samples found during the expedition.
The award-winning artist Mandy Barker collects plastic debris on Canna in the Hebrides. Barker will make a bespoke artwork for Greenpeace’s End Ocean Plastics campaign which will be exhibited in Edinburgh at the final event, alongside a science display showing microplastic samples found during the expedition.

 

The aPuffins on the Shiant Isles, the Outer Hebrides. The Shiant Isles are home to large populations of seabirds, including thousands of puffins, guillemots and razorbills found on the scree slopes of the island Garbh Eilean. The islands are also home to northern fulmars, shags, skuas, gulls and kittiwakesward-winning artist Mandy Barker collects plastic debris on Canna in the Hebrides. Barker will make a bespoke artwork for Greenpeace’s End Ocean Plastics campaign which will be exhibited in Edinburgh at the final event, alongside a science display showing microplastic samples found during the expedition.
Puffins on the Shiant Isles, the Outer Hebrides. The Shiant Isles are home to large populations of seabirds, including thousands of puffins, guillemots and razorbills found on the scree slopes of the island Garbh Eilean. The islands are also home to northern fulmars, shags, skuas, gulls and kittiwakes

 

A puffin holds some plastic in its beak on the Shiant Isles. The three main islands are called Garbh Eilean (rough island) and Eilean an Taighe (house island) and Eilean Mhuire (Mary Island). They are uninhabited apart from the island of Eilean an Taigh which houses a small bothy open to researchers and visitors.
A puffin holds some plastic in its beak on the Shiant Isles. The three main islands are called Garbh Eilean (rough island) and Eilean an Taighe (house island) and Eilean Mhuire (Mary Island). They are uninhabited apart from the island of Eilean an Taigh which houses a small bothy open to researchers and visitors.

 

Gannets with plastic waste at Bass Rock in Scotland. Studies have shown that 90% of seabirds have ingested plastic.
Gannets with plastic waste at Bass Rock in Scotland. Studies have shown that 90% of seabirds have ingested plastic.

 

Greenpeace crew members found a gannet entangled with plastic in the Treshnish Isles. They managed to capture the bird and remove the plastic and then release it.
Greenpeace crew members found a gannet entangled with plastic in the Treshnish Isles. They managed to capture the bird and remove the plastic and then release it.

 

A kelp forest, Treshnish Isles.
A kelp forest, Treshnish Isles.

 

Greenpeace’s ship, the Beluga II, samples seawater for microplastics.
Greenpeace’s ship, the Beluga II, samples seawater for microplastics.

 

Plastic residue from seawater samples.
Plastic residue from seawater samples.

 

A basking shark in the waters of Gunna Sound between the islands of Coll and Tiree, on the west coast of Scotland.
A basking shark in the waters of Gunna Sound between the islands of Coll and Tiree, on the west coast of Scotland.

 

A bottle filled with ocean plastic gathered during the Beluga II expedition. Campaigners will deliver a petition to Scotland’s environment secretary, calling for the introduction of a deposit return schemes (DRS) for drinks containers in Scotland. Such schemes have been shown to increase collection rates of plastic bottles by as much as 95% in other countries. The hand-in will include a print of an artwork by Mandy Barker made from plastic gathered during the expedition, and a small commemorative bottle filled with ocean plastic.
A bottle filled with ocean plastic gathered during the Beluga II expedition. Campaigners will deliver a petition to Scotland’s environment secretary, calling for the introduction of a deposit return schemes (DRS) for drinks containers in Scotland. Such schemes have been shown to increase collection rates of plastic bottles by as much as 95% in other countries. The hand-in will include a print of an artwork by Mandy Barker made from plastic gathered during the expedition, and a small commemorative bottle filled with ocean plastic.

 

Source: The Guardian

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