Water / Soil / Ground Environment

A symposium on marine litter was held in January 2016.

"2016 New Year Symposium on Marine Litter" was held at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology on January 23 & 24, 2016.

The symposium was held for 2 days as an international (January 23) and domestic (January 24) symposium. The lecturers and audience exchanged their opinions actively on both days. The Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan shall make further policy efforts to combat marine litter.

1.Event Details

  • Dates: January 23(Sat.) & 24(Sun.), 2016
  • Venue : Shinagawa Campus, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
  • Host: The Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
  • Schedule:
    • January 23 (Sat.) 09:00~18:00 International Symposium
    • January 24 (Sun.) 09:00~17:00 Domestic Symposium

2. Programs

(1) January 23, 2016 (Sat.) International Symposium

  • Venue: Shinagawa Campus, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

09:00-09:15

Opening Address (The Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan・Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology)

09:15-09:55

Marine litter: Are there solutions to this global environmental problem? [PDF 3,304KB]
Prof. Richard THOMPSON, Plymouth University

09:55-10:35

Marine plastic pollution : chemical threat to marine ecosystem [JP PDF 1,270KB]
Prof. Hideshige Takada, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

10:35-10:45

Break

10:45-11:25

The countermeasures of UNEP and NOWPAP against marine litter. [PDF 967KB]
Dr. Alexander TKALIN, Northwest Pacific Action Plan, NOWPAP

11:25-12:05

Microplastics in the Korean coastal environment
Dr. Sang Hee HONG, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology

12:05-13:10

Break

13:10-13:50

Field survey of micro-plastics in two different intertidal sediments of China [PDF 1,482KB]
Dr. Hao CHEN, Associate Professor, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences

13:50-14:30

Current status and measures taken against marine litter in Russia
Mr. Nikolay KOZLOVSKY, Engineer, Pacific Geographical Institute of Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences

14:30-14:40

Break

14:40-15:20

Current situation of marine litter around Japan [JP PDF 2,405KB]
Dr. Keiichi UCHIDA, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

15:20-16:00

Risk Analysis for Marine Debris Impacts on Wildlife [PDF 11,160KB] (part 1 [PDF 4,192KB] / part 2 [PDF 4,044KB]/
 part 3 [PDF 1,733KB]/  part 4 [PDF 2,659KB])
Dr. Britta Denise Hardesty, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)

16:00-16:10

Break

16:10-16:50

Synthesis of marine debris modeling and observations: recent progress in understanding and applications [PDF 753KB]
Dr. Nikolai MAXIMENKO, University of Hawaii

16:50-17:20

Plastics in the ocean: micro- and macro- plastics as a threat to ocean life in Canada [PDF 440KB]
Dr. Peter ROSS, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

17:20-18:00

Study on ocean microplastic pollution in Japan, and its future perspective [JP PDF 4,831KB]
Prof. Atsuhiko ISOBE, Kyushu University


(2) January 24, 2016 (Sun.)  Domestic Symposium

  • Venue:Shinagawa Campus, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

09:00-09:10

Opening Address

09:10-9:45

The marine litter issue from the viewpoint of the program production [JP PDF 167KB]
Mr. Yuta TAKAHASHI, NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation

09:45-10:20

Doing something good, picking up litter in Arakawa ~Efforts of civic activities and the current situation of river litter~ [JP PDF 1,266KB]
Ms. Hiroko ITO, Arakawa Clean Aid Forum

10:20-10:55

We have tackled marine litter for 26 years, roles of NGO and NPO in the countermeasures [JP PDF 594KB]
Mr. Hiroshi KANEKO, JEAN, Japan Environmental Action Network

10:55-11:30

Working together with the industry to protect the marine environment
~LOVE BLUE for the future of the Earth~ [JP PDF 7,396KB]

Mr. Kiyohide KAKINUMA, Japan Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association

11:30-12:05

Marine Litter Countermeasures: A United Approach Across Land and Sea [JP PDF 597KB]
Ms. Emi OKURA, Kagawa Prefecture

12:05-13:10

Break

13:10-13:45

Current measures taken against marine litter in Okinawa Prefecture [JP PDF 1,090KB]
Mr. Norimi TANAHARA, Okinawa Prefecture

13:45-14:20

The current situation of drifting litter in the offshore areas surrounding Japan [JP PDF 4,837KB]
Dr. Keiichi UCHIDA and his team, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

14:20-14:40

Break

14:40-15:15

Daily facial cleanser and tooth paste, and another microplastic issue [JP PDF 631KB]
Prof. Haruyuki KANEHIRO, Otsuma Women's University

15:15-15:50

The current situation and challenges of biodegradable plastics [JP PDF 297KB]
Mr. Masanori MOMOCHI, Japan BioPlastics Association

15:50-16:25

The plastic countermeasures which AEON (a retail company) tackles [JP PDF 2,079KB]
Ms. Haruko KANEMARU, AEON Co., Ltd.

16:25-17:00

Generalization・Closing Address

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