Public awareness of marine environmental quality and its relationship for policy support on marine waste management

Ta Kang Liu, Hsing Chang, Yung Sheng Chen

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Abstract

Marine debris is a significant pollution problem affecting the world's oceans. The Marine Debris Governance Platform in Taiwan was established in 2017. It adopts a cross-disciplinary approach and encourages collaboration between the public and private sectors to implement actions aimed at raising social awareness and reducing ocean pollution. Generation and impact of waste due to the support and participation of the public, it is crucial for the successful implementation of waste management and the achievement of policy. This study utilizes questionnaire surveys to investigate the factors that influence public support and participation in the action plan of the marine waste management platform for the entire population of Taiwan. We recovered 1295 valid questionnaires and conducted an in-depth analysis of the public's awareness of the marine environment. In terms of the perceived effectiveness of policies, the public considers the “source reduction” action plan to be the most effective policy. Based on this study, it is recommended that the government utilize environmental education and media communication to effectively convey and promote the various policies associated with the action plans. This should gradually lead the public to develop a more positive awareness of the marine environment and increase their involvement in supporting the government's policies on reducing marine waste and plastic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115456
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume195
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution

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