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Marine pollution bulletin
6, Supplement B
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.