The fishery and aquaculture industry is financing four new projects on marine litter
The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF) is financing four new projects to increase knowledge about the extent of plastic waste from the seafood industry, how to reduce emissions and increase the knowledge about micro and nano plastics in fish.
The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF) which is financed by the industry itself, have devote founding to finance four new projects. This is projects to increase knowledge about the extent of plastic waste from the seafood industry, how to reduce emissions as well as to increase the knowledge about micro and nano plastics in fish. Two of the projects have high relevance for fisheries and it is good to see the industry itself take measures to increase knowledge.
One of the projects led by Salt Lofoten, which are looking at how the amount of marine litter, which originates from the fishery- and aquaculture sector, can be reduced. There is great uncertainty about the amount of waste that comes into the marine environment. There are studies indicating estimated amounts of marine litter, but few studies that clearly quantify emissions from single sources or the industries. The project leader says "The project is important because it will increase the knowledge about sources and causalities to waste from fisheries and aquaculture, and help identify effective preventive measures in cooperation with the industry.
Another project is led by SINTEF Ocean where the main objective is to map the contents of micro-plastic and plastic softeners in marine ingredients for human consumption and food.