Marine litter is a highly visible problem nowadays. The gravity of this reality and the intensity of its impact on the marine environment has stimulated actions and discussions in various institutions and regional, national and international forums. Recently, the United Nations (UN) included strategies to address pollution at sea in the 2030 Agenda. In addition to the debate on the impact of marine litter at sea and on biodiversity, the amount of garbage in fishing nets has been producing situations of environmental conflict and harming the way of life of coastal communities. The subject is still poor discussed in the scientific literature, however, it is necessary to make efforts in the sense of (1) raising the available information on the subject, (2) evaluating the dimension of the problem for the communities, and (3) discussing solutions that can contribute to the sustainability and quality of life of coastal populations. Thus, this research seeks to carry out a systematic review on the subject and to elaborate a diagnosis on the environmental conflict generated by the accumulation of garbage in the sea for fishermen during trawl fishing in the municipality of Bertioga (SP). This research project is part of collaborative research efforts that seek to integrate science and public policy for a clean, fair, and healthy ocean.
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