The National Marine Aquarium joins forces with 106 aquariums worldwide to become part of the World Aquariums #ReadyToChange to #BeatPlasticPollution campaign

31st October 2018

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) has joined a global campaign to combat plastic pollution with another six UK based aquariums, alongside aquariums from 32 countries, including USA, France and Spain.

The European Commission, together with the United Nations Environment Programme, and the support of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the European Union of Aquarium Curators, the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the US Aquarium Conservation Partnership and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, announced a global coalition of 200 aquariums by 2019 to raise public awareness about plastic pollution.

The NMA, based in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, has been working hard over its twenty year history to combat pollution in the world’s Oceans, and over the past five years, the ongoing problem of plastic pollution has taken a global focus.

The NMA is committed to help reduce the amount of plastic it uses, and particularly in reducing the amount of single use plastics. Actions taken by the NMA include, but are not limited to;

  • Leading and developing community partnerships to combat single use plastics with other businesses, charities, and conservation projects particularly the Plymouth Plan for Plastic and the Plastics Free Waterfront initiatives.
  • NMA Learning Hubs in Devon, South Wales and North East all include National Curriculum linked workshops connected to plastics and our Oceans, including flagship interactive workshop ‘Plastic Seas’.
  • The NMA’s Ocean Gift Shop has removed all single use plastic stock, plastic bags, plastic stands, plastic shelves and is reducing the amount of multi-use plastic stock it sells.
  • Regular programme of plastic specific public engagement activities and events across the South West, including beach cleans, boat trips and activities all with a clear environmental message, focusing on plastic to over 300,000 people a year.
  • Working with new Ocean Ambassadors Sir Ben and Lady Ainslie to encourage the topic of our Oceans to be introduced into the National Curriculum and highlight Ocean pollution issues.
  • The Waves Café no longer sells single use plastic. All cups and bottles are glass or corn starch, and all single use sachets and containers have been replaced with sustainable options.
  • The NMA is the designated charity for the One Plymouth Cup and all NMA staff were given a reusable cup and shopping bag as part of its 20th birthday celebrations.


Roger Maslin, CEO of the National Marine Aquarium, said: “As a marine conservation and education charity, our focus is to connect people with our Oceans. The Oceans are vitally important to the health of our planet and it is becoming increasingly important for people to understand the effects of plastics on them.

We are extremely proud to be a part of this worldwide aquarium collaboration and it’s fantastic to see people making pro-Ocean behaviour changes, and the increasing awareness of their responsibility to care for this vital resource through aquariums work and campaigns.”

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