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Interactions with the Marine Debris Department of South Korea and Helpeach

Updated: Mar 19, 2021



The Marine Debris Department [해양폐기물 대응센터] of South Korea is an integrated governmental organization that proposes marine waste research and policies for a comprehensive scientific response to marine waste problems. Formed with several compositions of organizations, it is funded by the government as a charge of purifying the national ocean in South Korea.


By making contact, Helpeach was able to get in touch with the organization and acknowledge further information about their actual measures taken upon to curtail the marine debris in Korea.

Based on the interview conducted with one of the office managers of the Debris Disposal Department, the major marine debris was disposed based on its three major forms: coastal, floating, and last but not least debris that drowned. Each of the three pursues a variety of ways to be disposed and also where to be disposed.


Currently, in South Korea, the garbages in the coastal area (해안쓰레기) are managed to be collected by each region's group of workers called "Clean Sea Guard" By going through a complicated process of garbage delivery and distinctions, they end up in the landfills or gets recycled (based on it condition) as any other typical inland debris.

The floating garbage patches aren't an exception.(부유쓰레기) After being collected through using large ships and mechanic devices, the majority of the defilements gets disposed in general handling, the landfills.

Last but not least, the submerged marine litters (침적쓰레기) requires a vast size of professional mechanics such as an excavator loader functioned on the ship, and also numerous workers at the scene.


Regardless of these disposals, the department demonstrates variety of different contributions by collecting scientific data sets about the past and current marine debris in Korea.

About 108,044 tons of marine debris were collected in 2019 in South Korea

The bar graph displayed above visualizes the effort of the department to increase the amount of debris collected over the course of several years.


Every year, the organization had tend to increase the capacity of marine debris collections, also expanding the ranges of regions to practice collecting.

Despite these efforts, the results seems to be inconspicuous. Not much data aren't currently found supporting the improvement of the marine conditions, and additional researches may be in necessary for accuracy.


For further informations, visit the site listed down below.
https://www.meis.go.kr/portal/main.do 







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