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The idea is simple, participating vessels are given hardwearing bags to collect marine litter caught in their fishing gear while undertaking normal fishing activity. Filled bags are deposited on the quayside and staff at participating harbours then move the bags to dedicated skips for monitoring, collection and disposal. Skips are kept locked to prevent misuse.
Fishing for Litter does not collect operational or galley waste generated on board, which is the responsibility of the vessels, as it continues to go through normal harbour waste management systems.
Currently, there are twelve participating Fishing for Litter harbours in the South West that have been provided with dedicated waste collection facilities (West to East); Newlyn, St. Ives, Hayle, Newquay, Padstow, Mevagissey, Looe, Clovelly, Plymouth, Ilfracombe, Brixham and Salcombe.
The project has 160 registered member vessels. The majority of the marine litter recovered is brought in by the larger vessels working towed gear e.g. Beam trawlers and Demersal trawlers however the project engages vessels of all sizes and gear type, to support and encourage best practice.
Since the project started in the South West in 2009, Fishing for Litter has facilitated and funded the recovery of more than 150 tonnes of marine litter. The volume of lightweight plastic items is much higher than initially anticipated; forming 88% of all items surveyed during the last phase of the project. The overall tonnage of marine litter recovered by fishermen in Cornwall and Devon is considerably higher, since some items with a value e.g. scrap metal are often segregated out.
Tonnes of marine litter collected by SW fishing industry
Harbours involved in the scheme collecting litter
Vessels signed up to the scheme in the South West
Organisations and funds that have sponsored the project to date (2008 - 2015) are shown below. The project has secured sufficient funding to enable it to continue until September 2015 but only partial funding has been secured for the period thereafter. We are therefore seeking new funding partners to enable the project to continue until March 31’ 2017, and beyond.