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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 September 2006, 13:33 GMT 14:33 UK
Fishermen appeal on litter effort
Peel fishing boats (picture courtesy of manxscenes.com)
Trawlers across the island will be asked to take part
Fishermen on the Isle of Man are being asked to help with a major new project to clean up Manx waters.

The Department of Environment wants fishermen to save litter caught up in their nets and bring it ashore - rather than throw it back into the sea.

The Fishing for Litter drive coincides with Clean Up the World, a worldwide environmental initiative.

A programme of events on marine and beach conservation is also taking place at the Villa Marina on Friday.

International event

Martin Hall, of the Department of Environment, said fishermen often brought up litter with their catches.

"What they have done in the past, traditionally, is to remove the litter form their nets and dump it back in the sea.

"What we're saying now is put it in these special bags we're going to give you, bring it on shore, put it in the specials skips that we're going to provide and it will be disposed of by the government free of charge.

"Hopefully, the next time they go out that little bit of litter won't be there left for somebody else."

Clean Up the World, now in its 14th year, is a programme which encourages individuals and communities across the world to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment.

The 2006 event is taking place over the weekend of 15 to 17 September.


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