The future of ocean plastics: designing diverse collaboration frameworks

R. P. Mofokeng, A. Faltynkova, M. B. Alfonso, I. Boujmil, I. R.B. Carvalho, K. Lunzalu, N. B.Mohd Zanuri, E. S. Nyadjro, P. S. Puskic, D. J. Lindsay, K. Willis, T. M. Adyel, C. Serra-Gonçalves, A. Zolich, T. S. Eriksen, H. C. Evans, D. Gabriel, S. Hajbane, G. Suaria, K. L. LawD. Lobelle

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This paper aims to guide the stakeholder engagement process related to plastic pollution research in marine environments. We draw on advice identified during an online workshop (Ocean Plastic Workshop 2022) organized by Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) from 11 countries, held in April 2022. International experts and workshop participants discussed their experiences in the collaborative development and implementation of ocean plastic pollution projects held worldwide, guided by three main questions: (i) What is the role of scientists in a multi-stakeholder project? (ii) How should scientists communicate with other stakeholders? (iii) Which stakeholders are missing in collaborative projects, and why are they missing? This multidisciplinary, co-learning approach highlights the value of stakeholder engagement for ocean plastic projects with an end goal to identify and implement ocean plastic solutions via innovative technologies, informing policy, community engagement, or a combination of all three approaches. The target outcomes of the workshop described in this paper include the identification of transdisciplinary (academic-stakeholder) engagement frameworks and specific suggestions that can serve as guidelines for the development of future plastic pollution projects.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberfsad055
Pages (from-to)43-54
Number of pages12
JournalICES Journal of Marine Science
Issue number1
Early online date7 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2024


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