BIM seeks to minimise fishing gear on beaches

Fishing gear including nets, lines, pots and ropes are accounting for 27% of all beach litter, but only 1.5% of it is effectively recycled.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara is now encouraging all those involved to facilitate recovery, re-use and recycling of the plastic material in fishing gear.

It will hold a one-day workshop at Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa in Little Island, Co Cork, on June 11 to highlight how fishing gear can be managed.

This workshop is geared towards fishing gear manufacturers, vessel owners, producer organisations, harbour managers and waste contractors.

It will be professionally facilitated by Whole Earth Futures and BDO, both specialists in business model design.

The workshop follows calls by the European Commission on the sector to facilitate recovery, re-use and recycling of plastic material in fishing gear.

Meanwhile, 90 vessels and all six fishery harbours run by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are currently taking part in BIM’s Fishing for Litter initiative.

It encourages fishermen to take ashore litter they encounter at sea. It has resulted in 220 tonnes of litter being retrieved from the marine environment since 2015.

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