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Today we launch the results from 10 years of The Great Nurdle Hunt! Between 2013 – 2023 volunteers and organisations have taken part in a nurdle hunt and helped to gather important evidence of nurdle pollution around the world and call for action!

Guest blogger Falco Martin, Fauna and Flora explores if the International Maritime Organisation will prevent pellet pollution

Falco Martin, Programme Officer, Marine Plastics and has been following discussions at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and is advocating to stop this preventable pollution spilling into our ocean.

Every day, millions of plastic pellets are pouring into our ocean, spilling from ships transporting them around the world. It is a scandal that these pellets are being allowed to pollute our ocean, especially when it is entirely preventable.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of pollution from ships. Following several pellet pollution disasters at sea in recent years, such as the MV X-Press Pearl in 2021, (where approximately 1,680 tonnes of plastic pellets were spilled along the coast of Sri Lanka), many delegations at the IMO called for urgent action and supported proposals to classify plastic pellets to make them subject to much stricter shipping regulations.

 

The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 2023 is underway! From the 1st – 31st October Nurdle Hunters across the world will be taking part in the world’s biggest nurdle hunt and you can join in too!

The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 1st-31st October

Join us from the 1st-31st October for the world’s biggest nurdle hunt! 

Take part and join thousands of volunteers across the world gathering evidence, raising awareness and calling for an end to nurdle pollution! Anyone can take part, whether you are an individual or an organisation. 

The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 1st-31st October

The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 🌎 is back! Join us 1st- 31st October 2023 and celebrate over 10 years of nurdle hunting!

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Ahead of the third round of Global Plastics Treaty negotiations you can now download Fidra’s response on plastic pellets to help in developing your own organisation's submission to the UN.

New report maps global plastic pellet supply chain and finds countries worldwide are at risk from over 2 trillion plastic pellets spilling into the environment each year.

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Intersessional submissions ahead of INC-3 are open. Submissions relating to elements not discussed in INC-2 and areas of inter-sessional work can now be submitted to inform upcoming INC-3 negotiations.

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The short answer – Yes.

Negotiations, known as INC-2, took place in Paris, France between the 29th May – 2nd June with the aim of progressing the development of a global legally binding plastics treat.  By the end of a long week of negotiations, the mandate was given to the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) chair with support from the Secretariat, to develop a zero draft ahead of the next round of talks at INC-3, the next step toward developing a final treaty.

 

This week the second of five rounds of negotiations for a Global Plastics Treaty have been taking place in Paris, known as the INC-2 negotiations. The treaty aims to address the issue of global plastic pollution across the plastic life cycle and value chain, limiting new plastic production and reducing plastic waste. A comprehensive global plastics treaty is a potentially significant step toward combatting nurdle pollution worldwide

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The impacts of pellet pollution are global, with organisations across the world working hard to solve the problem. 2023 has been a big year already for plastic pollution, April saw the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting to discuss classification of plastic pellets as hazardous materials, an important step in preventing spills at sea. In May negotiations for a UN Global Plastics Treaty began their second round of talks, aiming to address plastic pollution and waste worldwide. May also saw discussions taking place in the EU parliament involving NGOs and MEPs on how to address pellet pollution.