Net cuttings waste from fishing in the North-East Atlantic: best practices for mitigation. A report for OSPAR Action 36: to develop best practice in the fishing industry.
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The issue of pollution from waste net cuttings needs to be addressed. These small items, found in abundance on shores and in the marine environment, cause harm to marine wildlife through ingestion and entanglement and to our fishing industry through damage to fishing gear. Simple, effective solutions can be implemented by fishers and port authorities to collect and contain pieces of net, rope and cord before they are washed to sea. Mitigation requires awareness raising within the industry and engagement by fishers and harbour authorities to modify existing work practices and use methods and tools to better manage cuttings waste. On behalf of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, KIMO International conducted a survey of harbour authorities and fishers from four countries in the North Sea region in order to explore challenges and solutions to reducing the volume of waste net cuttings from the fishing industry that end up in the sea. This report presents an analys.....
PublisherKIMO International for Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Marine debris
Spatial CoverageNorth Sea Region
CitationMetcalfe, R. and Bentley, A. (2020) Net cuttings waste from fishing in the North-East Atlantic: best practices for mitigation. A report for OSPAR Action 36: to develop best practice in the fishing industry . Shetland, UK, KIMO International for Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, 61pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-1656