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Fishing for Litter in Cornish waters

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Fishermen in Cornwall are taking part in a scheme to reduce marine pollution.

Fishing For Litter' encourages fishermen to bring ashore litter caught in their gear during fishing operations.

The scheme provides land based facilities for the safe disposal of the rubbish.

Newquay Harbour is the fourth port in the South West to sign up to the project which aims to remove 100 tonnes of rubbish from our seas by 2011.

Fishermen removing litter from their nets
Marine litter remains a major concern within the industry

The first Newquay based skipper to sign up to the scheme is Phil Trebilcock, who fishes the 'Loyal Partner'.

He says: "It feels good to be doing my bit for the environment and 'Fishing For Litter' makes it easier for me to do that. I would encourage other skippers to get involved.

"The scheme provides us with large sacks to collect rubbish we find at sea, all we have to do is bring it back to port. It makes good sense to me."

Sarah Crosbie, Project Coordinator for Fishing For Litter South West says: "Despite many initiatives to reduce marine litter, it remains one of the most significant problems affecting the marine environment on a worldwide scale.

"This year's Beachwatch survey by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) found 1849 items of litter, for every kilometre surveyed and 63% of it was plastic.

"Plastic litter has increased by an enormous 121% since Beachwatch started in 1994. The Fishing For Litter scheme aims to combat the problem by retrieving rubbish before it reaches our shores."

Fishing For Litter is funded by several organisations including The Marine and Fisheries Agency, The Environment Agency, Cornwall Council and The Cornish Fish Producers' Organisation. It is run by KIMO, an international organisation of local authorities working to tackle marine pollution and environmental issues.


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