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Thames Festival director, Adrian Evans, who oversees Totally Thames, has joined the call for action. He said:

“We spent the whole of September celebrating the Thames, with events bringing over two million people to the river and its banks. So the message is simple. We’ve got eleven months until the next festival – in that time, let’s do all we can to stop the flood of rubbish going into the Thames.”

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Dr Dave Morritt, reader in Aquatic Ecology and head of school, School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London, oversaw a recent study of River Thames fish and says the impact
of litter is clear:

“The fish are eating plastics introduced into their environment
by human activity. Two species of fish, flounder and smelt from Erith and Isle of Sheppey were found
with plastic fibres in their guts:
up to 75% of sampled flounder
had plastic fibres in the gut.”

Dave said the development of the project with the Natural History Museum to look at plastics in

the river followed previous Thames research where every survey net came up containing plastics. Royal Holloway graduate Alex McGoran is now undertaking a study to develop further the understanding of plastics in the Thames.

Every year, working with Thames21’s army of volunteers, we recover up to 300 tonnes of rubbish from the Thames. The rubbish would fill 111 new Routemaster buses. Parked nose to tail the buses would stretch the length of the Blackwall Tunnel.






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