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To: Sanford Limited, Clevedon Coast Oysters, Moana Pacific and Thames Mussels Ltd

STOP Plastic Pollution from Aquaculture rope offcuts

STOP Plastic Pollution from Aquaculture rope offcuts

Prevent rope offcuts and any other associated plastic from entering the ocean. This can be achieved by adjusting current practices and/or using biodegradable ropes Put simply, plastic rope offcuts do not belong in our ocean.

Why is this important?

Plastic rope offcuts from the Aquaculture Industry are polluting the Firth of Thames. Our beaches are littered with rope offcuts that keep breaking down but without ever biodegrading. NEVER EVER. Eventually they end up in the food chain.
This practice of discarding rope offcuts off barges by the aquaculture industry claiming to be sustainable is unacceptable. Plastic is a material our Earth cannot digest - it simply accumulates in our environment. The offcuts we find all along our beaches are merely the tip of the iceberg.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book 2014 lists plastic debris in the ocean as one of the top ten emerging environmental issues, pointing not only to the environmental impacts associated with plastic’s persistence in the marine environment, but also to impacts on fishing and tourism.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) more than 1 million sea birds and 100.000 mammals are killed by plastic pollution each year. Chemical-laden plastic fills the stomachs of fish, birds and mammals. Plastic such as that used in ropes can contain Bisphenol A (BpA) and related chemicals. Already, most of us have detectable levels of BpA in our urine. BpA and phthalates are know to change hormone levels and cause birth defects.

How it will be delivered

I will deliver this petition in person as soon as it has reached a critical number of signatures. I will also involve the press to make sure this issue receives the attention it deserves.

Coromandel, Waikato, New Zealand

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Reasons for signing

  • When walking on beautiful, isolated Makara Beach near Wellington, I saw a small seal carcass: probable cause of death, the length of blue plastic rope in its stomach. I wish I had a photo to share, but that sight has not left me for 10 years. I hope this petition can prevent more of these deaths.
  • Stop using plastic bags and straws and sell reusable bags.Please reply Allan
  • Just travelled the Thames coast and appalled at how large the mussel farms have become.


2020-09-18 07:34:57 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2020-08-11 00:12:20 +1200

500 signatures reached

2015-05-23 11:12:18 +1200

100 signatures reached

2015-05-19 09:33:45 +1200

50 signatures reached

2015-04-15 11:27:54 +1200

25 signatures reached

2015-03-18 09:32:20 +1300

10 signatures reached