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Fishing for Litter Campaign reaches 200 tonnes

The 200th tonne of litter removed from the North Sea as part of the acclaimed Fishing for Litter Campaign was brought ashore at Peterhead this morning.The scheme encourages fishing vessels to bring ashore rubbish they net whilst out at sea, clearing the waters of land-based litter such as plastic bottles and bags. Some of the larger items hauled in include fridges, mattresses, countless calor gas canisters and even an old mine.There are currently 162 boats involved in the campaign, which is spearheaded by KIMO, a pioneering environmental organisation that has contributed to a steady reduction in marine pollution in Europe's seas. Seafood Scotland has been instrumental in promoting the initiative to vessels.The 200th tonne was brought into Peterhead by the langoustine trawler ‘Amity’, skippered by Jimmy Buchan, who appeared in the BBC ‘Trawlermen’ television series.Jimmy said: "I have really seen the benefits of being involved in the Fishing for Litter... Continue reading
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