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The project has been run in four, three year, phases since 2005. This current phase (2017-2020) has ambitious targets and these can only be reached by the enthusiastic participation of the Scottish fishermen and harbours.
Here is the Final Report for Fishing For Litter Scotland 2014-2017.
There are 18 harbours currently participating and providing cost free landing facilities for marine litter from fishing vessels. They encompass the whole of the Scottish coastline and are (anti-clockwise): Eyemouth, Dunbar, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Macduff, Buckie, Scrabster, Lerwick, Cullivoe, Scalloway, Kinlochbervie, Ullapool, Tarbert, Rothesay, Campbeltown, Troon, Isle of Whithorn and Kirkcudbright.
Over 200 vessels have registered to participate in the project. Whilst the majority of the litter is landed at Peterhead, Scrabster and Ullapool (the largest ports), the project engages with vessels of all sizes from right round the coastline to provide support and encourage best practice.
Since the start of the project in 2005, more than 1,208 tonnes of marine litter has been landed. This equates to more than 3 Olympic sized swimming pools full. Much of this is plastic (88%). The current phase of the project aims to increase this total to more than 1,400 tonnes by March 2020.
Total number of tonnes of marine litter collected by Scottish member vessels
Harbours participating in Scotland
Number of vessels signed up to the scheme in Scotland
Organisations and funds that have sponsored the project to date (2008 - 2018) are shown below.
The project has secured sufficient funding to enable it to continue until March 2020. We are seeking new funding partners to enable the project to continue until March 31 2020, and beyond.