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Ireland's Fisheries Minister launches Clean Oceans Initiative to recover plastic waste January 14,2019   |  Source: Checkout

Ireland's Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, Michael Creed, has announced the Clean Oceans Initiative and has called for the participation of the entire Irish trawl fishing fleet in the scheme by 31st December 2019.

Creed wishes to have all Irish trawlers at every pier and every port actively participate in collecting, reducing and reusing marine litter and clean up our marine environment.

It is the country’s first coordinated initiative on land and at sea to manage marine litter.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara will engage with the industry to ensure 100% participation by the end of the year, and will report quarterly progress on targets to the Minister.

“I am setting out a challenge for our fishing industry to set a world first by having all of our fishing trawlers cleaning and removing plastic from the ocean every day, as they go about their activity at sea. This is good for the marine environment, fish stocks and our fishing industry,” the Minister said at the launch of Ireland’s Clean Oceans Initiative in the fishing port of Union Hall.

“We can only solve the problem of plastics in our oceans by working collaboratively. Ireland’s ‘Clean Oceans Initiative’ which I am launching today, aims to mobilise every member of the Irish seafood sector

 

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