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Measures to combat marine litter from fisheries

Updated:7/5/2023

Knowledge of the causes and extent of marine litter from commercial fisheries is a prerequisite for drawing up effective, targeted measures to prevent plastic from going astray and ending up at sea. There are five essential areas of action.

Various types of fishing gear and rope are used by fisheries worldwide today. What they all have in common is that they are made from plastic. They also constitute a significant proportion of the litter found along the coast and shorelines worldwide. Knowledge of the causes and extent of marine litter from commercial fisheries is a prerequisite for drawing up effective, targeted initiatives to prevent plastic from going astray and ending up at sea.

Five areas of action stand out as essential when it comes to preventing litter from fisheries in national and international action plans and literature: