An updated marine litter strategy for Scotland

Closed 22 Mar 2022

Opened 29 Dec 2021

Feedback updated 8 Aug 2022

We asked

On 29 December 2021 the Scottish Government published a consultation seeking views on the range of actions that have been identified as priorities within the refreshed Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland.

These priority actions encompass reducing sources of marine litter, preventing litter reaching the marine environment, and supporting initiatives to remove marine litter.

You said

A total of 220 responses were received to the consultation. The majority (166) were submitted by individuals, and 54 were from organisations.

The vast majority of respondents (both individuals and organisations) agreed or strongly agreed that the planned actions would contribute to the successful implementation of the strategy.

We did

The Scottish Government’s independent analysis of responses to the Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland consultation has been published. This report includes an executive summary of key findings and a response from Marine Scotland Directorate.

All consultation responses will be taken into consideration while the strategy is being finalised.

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


This consultation is one of the final stages in the process of updating the Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland. A large amount of work has already been undertaken with guidance from the Marine Litter Strategy Steering Group. Membership of the Marine Litter Strategy Steering Group includes representatives from academia, environmental charities and non-governmental organisations, terrestrial litter interests, the fishing industry, and public bodies that have responsibility for dealing with pollution in our waterways.

Marine Scotland is leading this work and we are now seeking input from the public and other organisations to finalise the strategy and action plan before it is published.

The action plan has been agreed with our steering group as work that can be realistically achieved within the next six years, bearing in mind the staff and monetary resources that we and our partners have available. Each action has a timeframe, a responsible lead organisation, and a tangible output that can be measured. This is so we can demonstrate progress, transparency and accountability.

The purpose of this consultation is not to repeat the earlier engagement process progressed by the Marine Litter Strategy Steering Group. Rather, it seeks wide-ranging views on the range of actions that have been identified as priorities to guide our work over the next six years.

Read the consultation paper

Why your views matter

Marine litter is a subject which is important to many people. Through the work we have carried out with the Marine Litter Strategy Steering Group we have developed a list of specific actions that will effect a positive change. We now seek views on these actions. The responses to this consultation will help shape and deliver the final strategy and action plan, which will be published in 2022.

What happens next

The consultation is now closed. Thank you for your input. We will be assessing the feedback from all respondents.

Analysis of consultation responses will ensure the right final approach, and will be used to finalise the strategy and action plan.

We will publish a summary report on this page. 


  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Marine and Fisheries