Trial Project To Start In Mediterranean
Under a trial project to start in the Mediterranean this month, fishermen will be equipped with special „nets to round up the plastic detritus that is threatening marine life, and send it for recycling,“ The Guardian wrote. The EU will initially subsidize the initiative, but the hope is that it could eventually become self-sustaining as fishermen make more money from the recycling itself.

A similar — albeit voluntary — project carried out in 2002-2004 in the North Sea area, where more than 20,000 tons of marine litter is dumped annually, succeeded in bringing some fishermen on board with the fishing-for-litter idea. According to a report by the Save the North Sea project, fishermen spend an average of one to two hours each week removing litter from their nets; marine debris can also damage fishing gear and contaminate catches….

Source: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/eu-pay-fishermen-catch-plastic-trash.php

See also:
EU unveils plans to pay fishermen to catch plastic
Trial project aims to provide fleets with an alternative income source income to reduce pressure on fish stocks
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/04/eu-fishermen-catch-plastic

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