Plastic pollution in Scotland has risen to such levels that it has become the largest threat to the maritime industry, a new report from the Marine Conservation Society shows. Plastic litter now costs £17 million ($27.3 million) each year to process, accounting for just under two-thirds of all litter on Scotland's beaches and coastlines.
Brian Donnelly writes in Herald Scotland that MCS determined that beach and coast users themselves are the main culprits in the plastic litter problem.
Beach users and tourists are responsible for 37% of litter, sewage debris 20.5%, fishing 8.9%, and shipping 1.7%.
Outside of the oil industry, Scotland's maritime industry employees 50,000 people, and is worth roughly £2.2 billion annually.