Danish action plan against plastic pollution
In order to strengthen recycling of plastics and protect nature and the environment against pollution, the Danish government has launched an action plan
In the beginning of December 2018, the Danish government launched an action plan with 27 initiatives with the aim of reducing the use of plastic, increasing recycling, and preventing plastic litter in nature.
One of the initiatives—no. 13—is about ghost nets in the sea. According to the plan, ghost nets in Danish waters are going to be mapped and methods for efficient retrieval of lost nets will be tested. Furthermore, fishermen should be informed about how to prevent loss of fishing gear. So far, there is no detailed information about the implementation of the initiative.
In 2016-17, DTU Aqua conducted a pilot study of ghost nets in Danish waters for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. The report Ghost nets-A pilot project on derelict fishing gear identifies the places in Danish waters with the greatest risk of losing fishing gear, and where you can expect to find many ghost nets—at least theoretically.
The main elements in the Danish action plan against plastic pollution are the establishment of a national plastic center, ban on lightweight plastic carrier bags and better sorting of plastic waste. The Danish government will allocate DKK 50 million over four years to implement the plan.