Plastic pollution is a globally recognised environmental issue of increasing concern. Marine ecosystems worldwide are affected by human-made refuse, much of which is plastic.
Plastic pollution comes from both land and sea-based sources and can travel immense distances. It can pose a navigation hazard, smother coral reefs, transport invasive species and negatively affect tourism. It also injures and kills wildlife, has the potential to transport chemical contaminants, and may pose a threat to human health.
CSIRO conducts world-leading, award-winning, research into the sources, distribution and fate of plastic pollution. This website outlines our research themes and projects in this area.
Visit and Seminar at the Western Philippines University
Kathy visited the Western Philippines University main campus in Aborlan to give a seminar on ‘How data can help solve plastic pollution: Establishing a baseline of plastic litter in the Philippines’
Philippines Baseline Project – Palawan Training Event
The Project’s second plastic litter monitoring training and capacity building programme was held from the 6 – 16 November at Hue Hotels and Resorts, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
Plastic Free July – Awareness Campaign (Philippines)
CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, is collaborating with Plastic Free Foundation on a project in the Philippines to develop and deliver an awareness raising campaign to reduce plastic pollution.
Cambodia -Training and Field Campaign
Capacity building and survey for baseline assessment of marine litter in the coastal environment of Cambodia 2023
Lao PDR (Luang Prabang) – Training and Field Campaign
Capacity building and pilot survey for baseline assessment of litter in the environment in Lao PDR
Philippines Baseline Project – Plastic Free Workshop Event
Our CSIRO team collaborated with Plastic Free July to run a Plastic Free Workshop on how small individual actions can drive large-scale community changes to reduce plastic pollution.
Philippines Baseline Project – Palawan Training Event – Update
It was with heavy hearts that we had to postpone our training event in Palawan due to weather condition.
Philippines Baseline Project – Project Kick-Off Meeting
Establishing a Baseline of Marine Plastic Litter in the Philippines - Inception Meeting (14-02-2023).
Community Approaches to Ending Plastic Waste Book!
At the recent Ending Plastic Waste Symposium in Sydney (May 2023), three of the four book editors met with leaders from three of the stories highlighted in the book!
Community Approaches to Ending Plastic Waste Book!
Denise, Chris, Kathy and Justine received an advance copy of their book.
Northern Gulf of Thailand Training and Field Campaign
Denise, TJ and Ruby are currently in Thailand for a capacity building and survey for baseline assessment of litter in the environment surrounding the Northern Gulf of Thailand.
Australia Field Campaign 2022/2023
The Marine Debris held monitoring surveys in South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania.
Franc Stormwater Conference
In late March, Justine Barrett traveled to Sydney for the annual Franc Stormwater Conference.
Ending Plastic Waste Symposium
Members of the team will be attending the Ending Plastic Waste Symposium in May 2023 at Sydney. If you would like to submit an abstract for the elevator pitch and poster session please feel free to contact Caroline Bray.
Philippines Baseline Project – Subic Training Event
In February, Denise, Kathy and Justine travelled to Manilla and Subic in the Philippines to kick-off a two year litter monitoring project.
7th International Marine Debris Conference
The CSIRO marine debris team attended the 7th International Marine Debris Conference (7IMDC) this week, the world’s longest-running international conference series dedicated to the issue of marine litter and plastic pollution.
Litter monitoring training in Thailand
In July 2022, Denise, TJ, Lauren and Justine travelled to Phuket, Thailand to conduct training with participants from five countries (Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam).
Urban Water Symposium in Hobart
In July 2022, Justine Barrett presented at the Tasmanian Urban Water Symposium in Hobart.
Beyond Borders: People, Plastic and Pollution
Denise was honoured to be asked to participate as a panellist in a fantastic panel event at the Swedish embassy.
Measuring Gross Pollutant Traps in Hobart
Not all scientific research is high-tech and wearing lab coats!
Litter surveys in Indonesia
A team of volunteers in Indonesia are conducting inland and river litter surveys.
Kelsey’s PhD graduation
Finally, after years of pandemic restrictions, our PhD student Kelsey had made the trip back from the USA to Tasmania to graduate from her program.
TJ training volunteers
Photo credit: Sharon Collins. Over the last couple of months TJ has been working to train up a fabulous […]
Ending Plastic Waste mission launch
Denise and Qamar travelled to Sydney in March to launch CSIRO's Ending Plastic Waste mission.
Waste Strategy Summit
In February 2022, Denise attended the 4th Annual Waste Strategy Summit in Sydney. She spoke about the risk-based approach our […]
Collaboration with UTAS
Denise has been working with collaborator Joanna Vince from the University of Tasmania on plastics pollution and governance-related projects. This […]
Filming rubbish in rivers
Last week team members TJ, Justine, Denise, Chris and Noah braved the winter cold and headed out to rivers around […]
Kathy’s Fullbright Scholarship
Kathy has recently left Tasmania for the sunny beaches of the USA. She is on a Fullbright scholarship experience and will […]
Kelsey submits PhD thesis!
Congratulations to our wonderful student Kelsey Richardson who has submitted her PhD thesis on ghost fishing gear. Kelsey has faced […]
Special issue for plastics leakage in Sustainability journal
Denise and Qamar are guest editors for a ‘Research on Estimating Plastic Leakage into the Environment’ special issue for the […]
Our latest collaborative project!
#SeaToSource, CSIRO and Conservation Volunteers Australia We are working with volunteers from all over Australia to survey our coastlines for […]
Kathy’s final PhD presentation!
Kathy, a well-loved member of the marine debris family, gave her final PhD presentation yesterday after years of hard work […]
Oceans plastic increasing in line with global production
We have quantified how ocean plastic has changed over the years using the world’s longest data set of floating plastic debris.
Lauren featured in Chinese documentary
Our very own Lauren Roman was a vital member of a recent Chinese documentary on marine plastic pollution.
TJ wins CSIRO Award
TJ was recently awarded for their work in educating others around transgender issues at CSIRO. Read on to find out […]
Denise honoured for her work
Denise was recently awarded the honour of being one of only four people nominated for Tasmanian Australian of the Year!
In August 2019, Chris was on the panel for a special plastics event organised by the US state department on […]
Debris surveys for UNEP
Over the last couple of months the team have conducted coastal debris surveys in Kenya and Seychelles in a project […]