Ninety vessels and all six fishery harbours run by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are currently taking part in the initiative.
To reduce plastic in the ocean as it threatens sea life and marine habitats.
- BIM provides participating fishermen with large hardwearing bags to keep on-board their vessels, with the intention that any marine litter brought up in their hauls will be kept in the bag rather than discarded back into the sea.
- When full, bags are landed on the quayside where they are moved into a designated skip by harbour staff.
- BIM works with port authorities to ensure the appropriate disposal of the material brought in by vessels.
- BIM is conducting a sampling programme to monitor and record the marine litter. The types of marine litter collected at sea give us an idea of the sea or land-based sources, geographical origin and potential pathway into the sea. This is an important reason the FFL waste is kept separate from other waste.
BIM is working with industry to:
- Investigate and support ways to reduce the seafood sector being a source of marine litter.
- Improve on-board waste management practices whilst out at sea.
- Increase awareness amongst the fishing industry about the impact of marine litter on the marine environment.
- Collectively share and report the commitments of the catching sector to support marine litter reduction.