The need to protect and preserve our oceans and their precious marine life is being highlighted at a major conference in Malta.
Hosted by the European Union and moderated by Euronews journalist and presenter Sasha Vakulina, the international Our Ocean Conference has attracted big-name speakers including Britain’s Prince Charles, who on Thursday drew attention to the threat posed in particular by plastic waste.
“All the plastic we have produced since the 1950s that has ended up in the ocean is still with us in one form or another so that wherever you swim there are particles of plastic near you and we are very close to reaching the point when whatever wild fish, wild caught fish, you eat, will contain plastic,” he said.
“Plastic is indeed now on the menu.”
Among the initiatives announced at the summit was a multi-million euro package from the EU aimed at fostering healthier, cleaner, safer and more secure seas.
Earlier this year, a senior UN official said the world must stop treating the oceans as a “waste swimming pool” for pollution.