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Clean Nordic Oceans has asked the Danish Fishermen’s Association to talk about how the Danish fisheries sector contributes to solving the challenge of marine waste. Journalist Claus Kirkegaard, Danish Fishermen’s Association, has taken up the challenge and written this post.
Sailors, fishermen, beachgoers, and other citizens form a united front with the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark in eliminating marine waste. Flemming Mieth, CEO of Rostra Kommunikation, here talks about the campaign to eliminate marine waste (‘Sammen om et hav uden affald’).
‘Dolly rope’. Not many people know this name, but some may recognize what it is. All around the North Sea coast, when strolling along the shoreline, chances are that you will notice blue or orange plastic threads sticking out of the sand. These threads may look familiar because they resemble fishing line, but they are actually dolly rope threads. Dolly rope is the name for orange or blue plastic threads that are used to protect (the cod-end) of bottom trawling nets against wear and tear. Every year, thousands of kilos of dolly rope end up in the sea. Within the DollyRopeFree project, we are working on solutions to prevent this from happening.
Momentum for creating truly effective solutions to put an end to ghost nets has never been higher, states Thomas Kirk Sørensen, Ocean Programme Manager, WWF Denmark in his article about the current status in Denmark
For several years, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has had an app available with information regarding recreational fishing. In 2017, the app was updated to include reporting of lost your fishing gear. A new version will be available during summer 2018, where divers can report if they retrieve any ghost gear from the sea. Furthermore, the data will be sent to Norway’s largest research institution (Institute of marine research) to contribute in research and mapping the problem with ghost fishing