MARine Plastic pollution in the Arctic: origin, status, costs and incentives for Prevention (Polarprog / MARP)

MARine Plastic pollution in the Arctic: origin, status, costs and incentives for Prevention (Polarprog / MARP)

Start-up year

Start-up year: 

Closing year

Closing year: 

The Research Council of Norway


Akvaplan-niva AS, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Kola Science Centre, SALT Lofoten AS, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Norwegian Polar Institute. 


Internasjonal samling om plastsøppel i havet (May 2018)
Video: Kystbyen Teriberka (October 2017)
Grunnen til at fiskegarn ender opp på Svalbard (October 2017)
Reisebrev fra Teiberka (October 2017)
Источники загрязнения пластиком. (Video from workshop in Murmansk, September 2017)
How knowledge can reduce ocean waste (September 2017)
Mesteparten av plasten havner på søppelfyllinger eller i naturen (July 2017)
Kan kunnskap kutte forsøpling? (July 2017)
Kan kunnskap fra en container med strandsøppel redusere marin forsøpling? (July 2017)
Derfor har han bygd en gigantisk søppelhval utenfor Polaria (May 2017)
Forsøpling av havet - Bruk alternativene (May 2017)
- Måten vi bruker plast på i dag er ikke god (March 2017)
Skal kartlegge plastforsøplinga i havet (March 2017)
MARP: Kick off and open air exhibition (November 2016)

Project Video

The project film is available here:

Highlights of MARP the first year of the project

Find the story of our project activities in the pdf attached. 


”Sources of Marine Litter” - Workshop report from WP 1.2 in the MARP3 project.

Project summary

Plastic waste is an emergent pollutant in the Arctic affecting marine and coastal ecosystems and associated ecosystem services that contribute to human well-being. The high level of marine debris found in the region, suggest that there is a need to increase awareness of how this pollutant affect ecosystems, societies and industry, and to identify preventive measures that can contribute to sustainable development in the area.

This project will deliver management relevant research on marine waste using Svalbard and the Barents Sea as a case study regarding
1) the status and sources of marine waste
2) socio-economic costs of marine waste
3) regulations and incentives affecting how waste in general, and ship-waste in particular is handled.

The project will bring together scientists from Norway, Russia and the UK as well as representatives from key industries, management institutions and NGOs in the region. Ecological knowledge and social-science methods will be used to establish the status, origins and direct and indirect costs of marine waste.

Leading scientists experienced in interdisciplinary research on marine resources will apply and develop methods integrating different sciences to provide holistic, ecosystem-based management advice that accounts for and communicates the multiple values ecosystems deliver. The incentives and regulations governing marine waste management in the region will be analysed in terms of current laws and waste management practices, and the potential to minimize waste and optimize resource use.

To secure the social relevance of the project, a workshop with industry operating in the area, relevant policymakers and scientists will be organised in the final year, to communicate research findings and together develop a set of recommendations that can contribute to achieving the environmental quality objectives for marine waste in the Arctic.

The Polar Research Programme (POLARPROG)


Opinion Survey regarding the Marine Environment around Svalbard.

What can we do in everyday life?

What smart choices an we do in everyday life to prevent plastic pollution?
See the pdf presentation added on this page (in Norwegian language):
Hva du og jeg kan gjøre.