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.
Task groups
A task group consisting of experts nominated by EU Member States has been created in 2009 in order to review the technical state-of-the-art and to support the development of the Commission Decision 2010/477/EU.
In-depth assessment
Following the first round of MSFD reporting, the reports delivered by MSFD have been analysed for their technical content. The so-called in-depth assessment has been used in order to identify problematic issues and to plan a way forward.

List of key issues derived from the JRC in-depth assessment of the Member States' submissions for MSFD articles 8, 9 and 10 on contaminants.

Issues on reporting

Suggestion

Potential actors

Wide heterogeneity in the kind of information reported.

Common understanding on the kind of data needed and to be collected.

TG Marine Litter

High variability in the way of presenting the data.

Establishing of a harmonized and concise report delivery process adapted to the identified requirements.

MSFD CIS

Significant differences in the information contained in the two pathways of information within the same country.

Report through one pathway in electronic format.

MSFD CIS

Difficulties to understand whether information is missing or it has just not been reported.

Allow through reporting process a clear identification of lack of data.

MS, MSFD CIS

Issues on methodologies

Suggestion

Potential actors

Inconsistencies in methodological approaches.

 

Common agreed identification of appropriate and comparable approaches and parameters to ensure a minimum level of coherence. Ensure common understanding, providing rules and guidance.

MS, RSC, TG Marine Litter

Inconsistencies in technical issues among MS and marine regions, and also within the same country.

Agreement on technical details at EU level.

MS, TG Marine Litter

 

Scarcity of data for some indicators.

 

Development of common understanding and guidance. Increase efforts to provide these data. Close link through TG ML with the development of Regional Action Plans.

MS, RSC,  TG Marine Litter

Spatial inconsistency within and among MS regarding coastal-offshore data.

Assessment of both coastal and offshore water with clear boundaries and appropriate thresholds. Synergies in the definition of scales and possible common monitoring strategies.

MS, TG Marine Litter

No harmonized methodologies available for certain indicators

 

Trigger development of methodology through research efforts.

MS, TG Marine Litter

Issues on implementation

Suggestion

Potential actors

Inconsistencies between neighbouring countries

Development of common understanding

MS, RSC, TG Marine Litter

Low integration between marine regions.

Information exchange and efficient collaboration among Regions.

MS, TG Marine Litter

Difficulties in obtaining a data overview.

Development approaches for data accessibility, databases, etc.

TG Marine Litter

Definitions of GES and environmental targets are often not consistent, specific and measurable.

Coherence in reporting GES and targets and establishment of measurable thresholds and goals to accurately assessment their achievement.

MS, TG Marine Litter

Technical Group Marine litter
A technical group on marine litter has been set-up in order to support the implementation of D10 in the MSFD.