AQASS undertook a study for the International Maritime Organisation (UN) considering research into microplastic release from management, use and in-water cleaning of antifouling paints and marine coatings in general. The study identified pollutant sources, available research, and highlighted policies and recommendations from researchers in the field. Further to this, the study recommended areas where further work is required to establish the significance, or otherwise, of this microplastics source to marine ecosystems.
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the report from the IMO