Plastic floated as commercial catch for fishing industry

Posted Thursday June 28, 2012 by Reef Relief

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June 27, 2012 – 11:04
A new net could help clean up the oceans while at the same time providing struggling fishermen with a source of income
This captain could soon be trawling for his daily quota of plastic (Photo: Scanpix)

The plastics industry has introduced a trawling net specially fitted to fish plastic waste out of the sea into in the fight against debris in Danish waters.

In the North Sea alone it is estimated that over 20,000 tonnes of waste winds up in the sea each year. Much of it is plastic, and members of the Danish plastics industry felt they had a responsibility to help clean up the mess.

“First and foremost, we want to shed light on the problems created when the sea is used as a dustbin,” Peter Skov, of Plasticindustien, a group representing the plastics industry, said in a press release. “It is bad for wildlife, fisheries and tourism and plastic is unfortunately a big part of the problem.”

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