Oceans Conference focuses on microplastics

European Commissioner calls for action


Público on the mainland reports that microplastics on beaches are the focus as the European Commissioner for the Environment, Ocean and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, arrived in Portugal on Sunday morning to represent the European Union at the Oceans Conference, which ended yesterday.

He says that the important thing is above all to “gain political impetus” for action and believes that the goal of protecting 30% of the ocean by the end of the decade is realistic, but “it will require a great deal of effort and leadership skills”.

“Not enough is said about the problems of the oceans. They should be a central part of the fight against climate change”, he argues, and that starts with the fight against illegal fishing and the fight against pollution, especially plastics.

Virginijus Sinkevicius.

The commissioner spoke to the newspaper at Carcavelos beach before participating in a beach cleaning with young people, in which he was looking for small plastics in the sand. Microplastics are spread all over the planet and have also been detected in the human body. “It’s an unbelievable number that continues to rise and rise,” he said, and they need to be regulated and, in many cases, banned. Without ever forgetting that “pollution does not respect borders”.

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