This unique and award-winning project works with fishermen and the fishing industry to reduce the amount of plastic pollution and marine litter in the sea and on our beaches.
The idea behind Fishing for Litter is simple but effective. The scheme provides large, hard-wearing bags to boats, which volunteer to participate in the scheme. Fishermen continue to work as usual, but they bring any waste caught alongside the catch back to port. The project covers the costs of collection and disposal and demonstrates the fishing industry’s commitment to a healthy environment.
In addition to helping to clean up the sea, Fishing for Litter also raises awareness about marine litter.
KIMO schemes are currently operating in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden and the Faroe Islands. Since being endorsed as a model project by the Regional Seas Convention for the North East Atlantic (OSPAR), similar schemes have been launched in Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Italy and beyond.