Plastic pollution is a global crisis that threatens the marine environment. Solving this issue requires collaboration across different professional disciplines, but successfully implementing such projects is a challenging task. In this Editor's Choice article, the authors report on an online workshop that brought together international experts and Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) from 11 countries to discuss the role of scientists in multi-stakeholder projects related to plastic pollution.
The workshop identified three themes for ocean plastic solutions - innovative technology, policy-making, and public engagement. The article highlights the importance of involving all expertise and experiences, including the Global South and low-income nations, in plastic pollution research to ensure sustainable solutions. Overall, the article provides valuable insights into how different disciplines can collaborate meaningfully to address the plastic pollution crisis in our oceans.
International experts and workshop participants discussed their experiences in the collaborative development and implementation of ocean plastic pollution projects held worldwide. Three main questions were used as guidelines:
Turning the tide against plastic. Photo: Refilwe Mofokeng.