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Marina World HEAD OFFICE MAILING ADDRESS & SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, UK Editor Carol Fulford T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 F: +44 (0) 1621 855 867 E: Deputy Editor Charlotte Niemiec T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 Advertisement/Commercial Director Julia Hallam T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 F: +44 (0) 1621 855867 E: Administration Manager Corinna Francis T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 E: Finance Manager Magdalena Charman T: +44 (0) 1403 733678 E: Advertisement Production Nick Hing T: +44 (0) 1323 490384 E: NORTH AMERICAN OFFICE Sales Director Americas Philippe Critot PO Box 29759, Los Angeles, CA 90029-0759, USA T: +1 323 660 5459 F: +1 323 660 6030 E: FRENCH OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Catherine Métais T: +33 6 60 17 75 81 E: ITALIAN OFFICE Advertisement Representative Ediconsult Internazionale srl piazza Fontane Marose 3, 16123 Genoa, Italy T: +39 010 583 684 F: +39 010 566 578 E: CHINESE OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Simon Ding Bridge International Holding, Rm. 401, Building A, No. 55 Jinyu Road, Minhang District. 201103 Shanghai, China T: +86 21 33231328 F: +86 21 33231366 E: Marina World (ISSN 1471-5856) is published bi-monthly by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. 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Upon application, permission may be freely granted to copy abstracts of articles on condition that a full reference to the source is given. Printed in the UK by Stephens & George © 2018 Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd Views expressed by individual contributors in this issue are not necessarily those of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. Equally, the inclusion of advertisements in this magazine does not constitute endorsement of the companies, products and services concerned by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. Death by plastic FROM THE EDITOR The BBC’s biggest TV hit for 2017 was Blue Planet II, a documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough that explored the increasingly challenged life in our oceans. The series was popular not just in the UK, where it attracted over 14 million viewers, but worldwide. According to The Sunday Times, 80 million watched in China alone; slowing down the internet. Attenborough – who has at least 15 natural species named after him and a volume of awards and honorary titles – has become increasingly involved with environmental projects and given greater prominence to environmental messages over his many decades as the UK’s best known naturalist. His message in Blue Planet II, reinforced by disturbing (and controversial) images, that plastic is now the biggest threat to the sea and creatures who live in it or rely upon it, will be one of his most important legacies. Destroy our oceans and we destroy our world. The facts make stark reading. We produce nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use; over eight million tons is dumped in the sea every year; a plastic bag has a ‘working life’ of 15 minutes; over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century (plasticocean. org). Plastic is everywhere: tiny fibres, microbeads, fragments and chemical by-products that infiltrate every aspect of daily life. It’s in the air, it floats like pollen in sunlight. It’s thick in rivers and oceans, it’s in seafood and salt and in millions of wild animals; it has contaminated tap water samples from around the world. It defies wealth and geography and scientists suspect plastic can leach toxins once inside the human body ( According to, we currently recover just over 5% of the plastics we produce; the Great Pacific Garbage Patch off the coast of California is the size of Texas with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life by six to one; there is more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way. The Guardian newspaper takes up the theme: “Every minute one rubbish lorry’sworth of plastic is dumped into the sea. If we continue at this rate, some estimate that our oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050.” The task to clean up our oceans is monumental and, although we can make a big difference, we will only ever achieve a modest improvement. Our very best policy is prevention; to make any and every effort not to litter and pollute the sea; to avoid buying ‘throw away’ plastic where we can; and to remember that ‘recyclable’ plastic is only more virtuous if it is actually recycled. The Marina World team was delighted that the floating rubbish collector, Seabin, won the DAME design award in the Marina Equipment category at Metstrade 2017 (see p. 47). Not only is this product worthy of such a prestigious accolade but its accompanying education programme boosts public awareness of how polluting the sea has become a dire and undisputed global threat. Carol Fulford Editor - January/February 2018 5

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