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Fishing for Litter

Fishing for Litter (Credit George Stoyle)Fishing for Litter

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is supporting East Yorkshire fishermen to actively work towards cleaner, wildlife rich seas through collection of marine litter.

Conservation goal

Through working with fishermen and anglers from coastal towns such as Bridlington, Hornsea, Withernsea and Flamborough we understand that cleaner seas have a significant impact on the quality of marine life and seafood. By removing waste from the sea and preventing the discard of further litter, our beaches will become cleaner and safer and the impact on marine wildlife through ingestion, entanglement and contamination will also be reduced. It’s a win for wildlife and a win for those whose livelihoods depend on quality seafood.

What we are doing

Fishing 4 Litter Holderness is a fishing industry led project aimed at reducing the amount of litter in the North Sea. By raising awareness of the problems that marine litter causes for the industry we hope to bring about long term change which prevents litter finding its way into the sea in the first place.

Participating fishing vessels are given hard wearing bags to collect marine litter (waste packaging, litter caught in their gear) as part of normal fishing activities. Full bags are deposited on the quayside or at designated points in fishing compounds where they can be emptied into a dedicated bin or skip. The project manages the safe and responsible disposal of the waste once brought ashore, along with the associated costs.

How you can support the project

We want the Holderness fishing industry to remain viable for many years to come as it has for centuries supported our local coastal communities. The scheme costs nothing to participate in and the more vessels that join, the more we can promote and put Holderness on the map, not only for the shellfish landed here but for the positive steps which industry itself is taking to maintain a healthy marine environment for future generations.

The project will also extend to the angling community and run alongside a wider campaign raising awareness for members of the public to help reduce litter in our seas.

The free Fishing 4 Litter sacks and bins are avalible.

If you would like to register your interest in participating please add your vessel name to our list please contact us by emailing or by calling 01262 422103. Find us on Facebook!

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This programme is supported by funding from

Industry Group

KIMO UK is part of a European association of coastal local authorities whose goal is to eliminate pollution from the marine environment.



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