Best Practices to reduce marine litter from net cuttings waste.
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The primary source of net cuttings in the North Sea is from trawl nets that are being repaired on board fishing vessels at sea and on the quayside in port. Sections of net that have been damaged through regular wear and tear or by accident are cut from the net and discarded, through lack of awareness, habit or carelessness. If they are not removed quickly from the deck of the vessel they can be washed overboard by storms, high winds, waves or rainwater, or swept overboard (by design or accident) when the deck is cleaned. If they are not removed from docks and quaysides they can be carried to the sea by wind or runoff water (storm drains or directly over the edge), or swept into the sea during clean-up activities. Net cuttings can also fall onto the fishing nets on board and be trapped there, dropping into the sea when the net is rolled up on the boat or rolled out during regular fishing activities. They can also fall into the water when nets are transferred from the quay .....
PublisherKIMO International for Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Marine debris
CitationMetcalfe, R. and Bentley, A. (2020) Best Practices to reduce marine litter from net cuttings waste. Shetland, UK, KIMO International for Swedish Agency for Marine and W ater Management, 41pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-1652