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Authors

Sally Ann Lentz

Document Type

Article Restricted

Publication Date

1987

Journal Title

Marine pollution bulletin

Volume Number

18

Issue Number

6, Supplement B

First Page

361

Last Page

365

Abstract

Serious problems caused by the presence of plastics and other synthetic materials in the marine environment are well demonstrated. Legal regimes exist to address those problems internationally and regionally through the Law of the Sea Convention, the London Dumping Convention, an international agreement on vessel-source pollution, and regional conventions. This paper describes and compares those legal regimes. All provide appropriate forums for implementing specific mitigation measures and all should be fully utilized to regulate plastic pollution of the ocean.

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