French Deputy Minister for Environment Brune Poirson, announced Wednesday, 1st of August, the launch of an “Ocean Mission” in order to tackle chemical and plastic pollutions. The project will include an inventory of the chemical substances that are particularly toxic for marine ecosystems and coral reefs while being present in consumer products such as cosmetics, sunscreens or detergents.
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) will take over responsibility for identifying the substances of greatest concern and “proposing appropriate regulatory measures.”
Les coraux représentent 1% de la surface des océans mais abritent 25% des espèces marines. Cette richesse de biodiversité, nous devons la protéger.
Avec son 2e espace maritime au monde, la 🇫🇷 a une vraie responsabilité. Seuls 3 pays dans le monde ont plus de récifs que nous. pic.twitter.com/rDumwyhlOX
— Brune Poirson (@brunepoirson) 1 août 2018
“France bears a special responsibility as far as the oceans and coral reefs are concerned. Out of our thirteen overseas territories, eleven are home to corals. We therefore want to act with method to be able to take action against certain chemicals if it turns out that they have a negative impact on marine ecosystems,” said the Deputy Minister.
While they represent only 1% of the ocean’s whole surface, coral reefs contain 25% of all marine species. One square kilometre of coral reef contains more species than the entire European coastline.