Technical report – NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub (July 2015 to June 2021)

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Valeriya Komyakova, Joanna Vince and Marcus Haward (2020) Microplastics and the Australian Marine Environment: Issues and Options. Report to the National Environmental Science Program, Marine Biodiversity Hub. IMAS, University of Tasmania.


The paper centres on analysis of key sources: personal care, cosmetics, and cleaning products (PCCPs), synthetic materials (microfibers), tyres, fertilisers and biosolids; and key pathways that include wastewater and sewerage treatment plants. It explores mitigation and management approaches; focussing on circular economy approaches, product stewardship, extended producer responsibility, consumer behaviour and regulatory options. The paper concludes by outlining possible policy options for managing and mitigating impacts of microplastics in the Australian marine environment.

Type of publication Technical report
Year of publication 2020