To reduce plastic in the ocean as it threatens sea life and marine habitats. It is estimated that 80% of waste at sea is plastic.
- BIM provides vessels with large heavy duty bags to collect marine litter caught in their nets
- When full, these bags are deposited safely on the quayside where BIM works with port authorities to organise appropriate disposal of the material.
When full, the bags are deposited on the quayside
Harry McLoughlin, Harbour Master in Howth spoke of how he first became involved in the scheme.
“On a practical level, I saw it [Fishing for Litter] as a way to reduce costs for the harbour but most importantly, it’s made everyone from harbour staff to fishermen more conscious about having a good working environment. One of the first questions I now get asked when boats come in is ‘Where are the [Fishing for Litter] bags?’
BIM will continue to build on this initiative. The scheme is also active and highly successful in the UK and Scotland and underpins EU legislation supporting the protection and sustainable use of the marine environment (Marine Strategy Framework Directive).
Vessels wishing to join the scheme should contact Catherine Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 2897651.