The Nanaimo Ladysmith MP says marine plastics all over B.C.’s coast are contaminating salmon and littering beaches.

Sheila Malcolmson told the House of Commons people in her constituency want the Trudeau government to work towards combating marine plastic pollution.

She said the federal government needs to develop a national strategy to combat marine pollution.

Malcolmson said that strategy could include things like regulating single-use plastics to prevent them from entering the ocean in the first place, and fund permanently the removal of ghost nets, which move across the ocean capturing fish and other marine animals.

Recently a dead sperm whale washed up on the shore in southern Indonesia and the stomach contents of the whale included more than 100 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops and hundreds of other pieces of plastic.