Operating since 2009, Fishing for Litter in the South West of England has collected more than 300 tonnes of marine litter. The true figure is even higher, since some items brought in by fishing vessels are segregated and weighed separately – e.g. scrap metal.
Currently, there are twelve participating harbours in the South West, they are: Newlyn, St. Ives, Hayle, Newquay, Padstow, Mevagissey, Looe, Clovelly, Plymouth, Ilfracombe, Salcombe and Brixham.
Around 150 fishing vessels are currently taking part in our project and actively removing the litter they come across whilst fishing. Litter is often plastic (88% plastic in previous surveys) but also includes textiles, metals and other materials.
Where possible Fishing for Litter Liaison staff try and locate a source of the litter.
Funding for Fishing for Litter in South West England currently comes from Defra.