Marine litter is any persistent, manufactured or processed solid material that is discarded, disposed of, or abandoned in the marine and coastal environment. The provisions of MSFD D10 aim to protect the marine environment against harm caused by litter.
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D10 Commission Decision 2010/477/EU

Properties and quantities of marine litter do not cause harm to the coastal and marine environment.

The distribution of litter is highly variable, which needs to be taken into consideration for monitoring programmes. It is necessary to identify the activity to which it is linked including, where possible, its origin. There is still a need for further development of several indicators, notably those relating to biological impacts and to micro-particles, as well as for the enhanced assessment of their potential toxicity ( 21 ).

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