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Fishing for Litter in the South West and continuation of the existing Marine Fisheries Agency / Marine Management Organisation pilot project - ME5418

Fishing for Litter is one of the most innovative and successful projects to tackle marine litter at sea. This simple initiative aims to reduce marine litter by involving one of the key stakeholders, the fishing industry and not only involves the direct removal of litter from the sea, but also raises awareness of the problem inside the industry as a whole.
The goal of the project is to influence the behaviour of the fishing community by encouraging them at no extra cost to bring ashore marine litter which has been caught up in their nets while actively fishing. The participating vessels are given hardwearing bags to collect marine litter that is caught in their nets as part of their 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. A subsequent 5 month evaluation study was carried out with the following aims:

(1) to investigate potential associations between taking part in the scheme and fishers’ attitudes and behaviours regarding marine litter and its disposal.
(2) assess the marine litter data available from this scheme,
(3) assess the opportunities and barriers for the future of FFL
(4) undertake a limited comparison of FFL with other similar schemes.
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : ME5418 Fishing For Litter Evid 4 Final Report   (921k)
• TPS - Two Page Summary : ME5418 Fishing for Litter Two Page Summary   (175k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2014

Cost: £58,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Plymouth, KIMO UK (Kommunenes Internasjonale Miljøorganisasjon)