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Jul 3, 2019

Identifying Sources of Marine Litter

Maxine Monsanto

Identifying the sources of marine litter is the focus of an ongoing seminar hosted by the Department of the Environment in partnership with the Commonwealth Litter Programme.  Earlier today, stakeholders from the Belize Ports Authority and other maritime agencies joined D.O.E. in formulating recommendations to address the root causes of marine litter which has become a problem affecting Belize’s coastline.  According to Environmental Officer Maxine Monsanto, the recommendations will form part of a document that will be subsequently adopted by the Government of Belize.

 

Maxine Monsanto, Environmental Officer, DOE

“We’re looking at sea-based sources of marine litter, specifically marine litter that’s generated by vessels at sea, how it’s handled either at sea or if it’s brought into port facilities and how it’s handled.  The discussion today was identifying data gaps as it relates to waste information being collected at these different facilities as well as national data that we have gaps for and as well as determining what is needed if we want to move forward to address this at a national level.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What are the sources of marine litter at this point?”

 

Maxine Monsanto

“Waste at sea covers several different sectors, you have waste from cruise ships, not saying that they are dumping at sea, but it’s saying that these are potential sources: cruise ships, tankers, cargo vessels, large-scale yachts, and then you move into smaller vessels like pleasure crafts, artisanal fishing vessels.  All the vessels that you basically sea out at sea, whether it’s used by tour operators in the tourism sector or it’s just used for transportation of goods and cargo.  They all generate waste in some way and today what we’re doing is identifying, do we have the information as to what waste is being generated as it relates to marine litter and how it is being addressed, how it is being collected, how it’s being disposed of from these vessels or at the facilities that they dock at the end of day.”


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