The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) is a region where high biodiversity is increasingly being impacted by anthropogenic marine debris.
However, information about the amounts, types, and sources of marine litter are scattered. 136 studies on marine litter and microplastics in the WIO region were conducted to harmonize existing knowledge. Scientists, NGO coordinators, citizens and park rangers with experience in marine litter monitoring and management were also interviewed to supplement the information presented in the literature and to further improve knowledge of marine litter in the region.
The result was the publication of four reports on marine litter and microplastics.