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Slains pupils do their bit to protect sealife

38 pupils from Slains Primary School in Aberdeenshire had a visit from Freddie the Fulmar and volunteered to help clean up our seas.  Read the full story here ......


Fishing for Litter Scotland wins RSPB Nature of Scotland Award

Fishing for Litter Scotland was honoured with the prestigious Marine Conservation Award at the RSPB's fourth annual Nature of Scotland Awards ceremony.  Read the full story here ......


KIMO UK Delivers presentation on Fishing for Litter in the UK to OSPAR's ICG-ML

Members of OSPAR's Intercessational Group on Marine Litter heard about the state of Fishing for Litter in the UK from KIMO UK's National Coordinator at their meeting in Lerwick on 5th Nov 2015.


Fishing for Litter featured on The One Show

KIMO's Fishing for Litter project was featured on the BBC's The One Show, live from Peterhead Harbour, 2 Nov 2015

See the feature here .......


Emergency Towing Vessels

KIMO UK welcomes MPs discussion with Robert Goodwill on the future of our Emergency Towing Vessels. 

Read the press release here


Fishing for Litter Scotland shortlisted for Nature of Scotland Award

The Nature of Scotland Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation.  The 2015 shortlist for the Marine Conservation Award includes:

  • KIMO UK’s Fishing for Litter Scotland
  • Orkney Shellfish Research Project
  • Save Scottish Seas (LINK staff and MTF)
  • Seasearch in Scotland

We are delighted that the project has been recognised in this way and look forward  to the fourth annual Nature of Scotland Awards which will take place on 19 November 2015 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh.  Wish us luck!

Read more here ....


Cairnbulg Beach Clean - 20 September 2015

KIMO UK teamed up with Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Fishermen's Federation to remove almost 4.5 tonnes from Cairnbulg Beach as part of the Great British Beach Clean.

Watch the timelapse video here ....


Aberdeenshire Council Host KIMO International Board Meeting - 9 May 2015

Aberdeenshire Council played host to KIMO International's Board on the 9th of May at their headquarters in Aberdeen.

Read the press release here .......


Fishing for Litter Scotland Celebrates reaching 800 tonnes - 25 March 2014

As it approaches its 10th anniversary, Fishing for Litter Scotland has reached a total of 800 tonnes of Marine Litter collected from the our seas.  Richard Lochhead, Scottish Fisheries Minister, visited Eyemouth harbour to help us celebrate. 

Read press release here ..........



South West Fishing for Litter Project Nominated for National Award - 17th October 2013 


The pioneering Fishing for Litter project has been shortlisted for the CIWM National Kier Community Champion award, sponsored by Kier.  The Community Champion is a category of the CIWM awards for Environmental Excellence and the finalists will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on the 7th November.


Read press release here ..........





South West Fishing for Litter Project
lands 50 tonnes of litter.  4th July 2013

Fishermen accross Cornwall and Devon have landed over 40 tonnes of litter through the pioneering Fishing for Litter project. Over 130 fishing vessels caught the 50 tonnes of marine litter in their fishing gear, and have brought it ashore.

Read press release here ..........



Scotland's fishermen have removed more than 600 tonnes of rubbish from our seas. 4th April 2013

Fishing vessels in Scotland have voluntarily removed more than 600 hundred tonnes of marine litter from Scotland’s seas and landed it in participating ports, the equivalent of bringing more than 35 million empty drink cans ashore. Read press release here ...............


Mixed Response to News on Emergency Towing Vessels - 18 February 2013

KIMO UK is exceptionally disappointed with the UK government after the Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) based in the Minches was removed from service over the weekend but welcomes the news that the last of the four tugs provided by the UK government, based in the Northern Isles, is to remain in service until the end of the month. Read press release here



Derelict Fishing Gear in the Marine Environment

Zero Waste Scotland, in partnership with KIMO UK, Waste Free Oceans and Plastics Europe is hosting a free one-day even focused on the issue of derelict fishing gear and the impact it has on the Scottish Fishing industry and the marine environment. Mr Tom Piper, KIMO UK Coordinator will be giving a presentation on the economic impact of marine litter and the issue of end of life fishing gear in Scottish waters. For further details of this event which is being held on the 9th February 2012, in Edinburgh - click here

KIMO furious with Shipping Minister Mike Penning - 27 September 2011

KIMO UK are furious that Stornoway has been removed from station while on government contract for a refit, only a few short weeks ago the Minister, Mike Penning, was suggesting that the tug in the Minches may have its contract extended for a few months.

Read press release here

Local authorities disgusted at the governments continued determination to remove Emergency Towing Vessels - 16 September 2011

Local authority members of KIMO UK are disgusted that the Minister for Shipping, Mike Penning, has confirmed today that the Emergency Towing Vessels are to be removed from service in two weeks time.

Read press release here. 


Emergency Towing Vessel show's its worth but what happens next time? - 23 August 2011

The Norwegian owned cargo vessel Fenja was towed to Lerwick on, Sunday morning, after she lost engine power around 50 miles northeast of Unst at 3am.

 Read full press release here.



KIMO UK fears the Gannet Alpha spill is the first of many - 19 August 2011

A significant number of the 107 oil platforms, 181 gas platforms, 14,000km of pipeline and numerous subsea installations are now operating well beyond their design life in an environment that is tough on hardware.

Read the full press release here.




June 2010

The Second Annual KIMO UK Conference was held in Inverness on the 18th of June 2010. The conference examined the impacts of pollution from shipping and discuss methods of reducing it. Presentations at the conference will focus on topics such as marine litter, air pollution and The Clean Shipping Project. The presentations which were given at the event can be downloaded below:



June 2009

The aforementioned KIMO Conference discussing the impact of lost containers on coastlines was recently held in Aberdeen. The presentations which were given at the event can be downloaded 



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