Public perception of issues & policies on plastic marine pollution in Taiwan’s coastal communities

Jacqueline Brebeck

Brebeck Taiwan PlasticSource: ofthebox.org

The purpose of this research is to examine the perception of issues and policies regarding plastic marine pollution in coastal communities in Taiwan. Although the Taiwanese government is making great strides in recycling and instituting plastic bans, this is largely in the more developed parts of the island. By the shores, the majority (76.88%) of the ocean plastic pollution is generated by coastline activities. There is also a lack of government investigation into the extent of marine litter and degradation. Existing regulations are not well-enforced in coastal communities.

Thus, it is important to investigate what influences the behavior of coastal communities to reduce marine plastic pollution, such as the perceptions and understanding of the harmful effects of plastic marine pollution the environment and economy. This study investigates two sites in Northern Taiwan: Fulong and Baishawan. The investigation occurs through observation of each sites’ amount of plastic pollution, understanding existing actions to reduce it (if any), and analyzing results of semi-structured interviews  of locals. The hope of this study is to inform/spark more successful attempts at reducing the amount of plastic marine pollution in Taiwanese coastal communities.