By Dr Richard Unsworth, Project Seagrass and Swansea University

The seas around Wales have so much potential. They offer rich biodiversity hidden within productive lush habitats such as kelp forests, salt marshes and seagrass meadows. Life in these waters can be so ingenious that it bioengineers its own environment.

The world’s fastest electric ship, the Candela P-12 Shuttle, is set to hit Stockholm’s waters next year, heralding a new era of transport. The innovative hydrofoiling electric ferry will reduce emissions and slash commuting times – and the city believes it will make waterborne public transport more attractive than trains, buses, and cars.

UPM Raflatac is the first company in the world to invest in Ocean Bound Plastic (OBP) as a label raw material for its new Ocean Action labels. The use of Ocean Bound Plastic for the Ocean Action labels is based on a mass balance approach. Ocean Bound Plastic is plastic waste from areas up to 50 km inland from waterways and thus defined by the OBPCert certification programme as "potential waste that may enter the sea". This new innovative label material is made possible through close collaboration with several partners along the product's value chain.

The 8th of June is dedicated to the oceans worldwide. The United Nations has proclaimed the day the annual World Ocean Day to draw attention to the acute threats to this unique habitat and its inhabitants. Climate change, pollution and overfishing threaten the oceans, which - as a source of food, oxygen producer and climate stabiliser - are of the greatest ecological importance for life on earth.

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