Microplastics found in all water systems
Fish in a beach seine for microplastic analysis. Image: Maiju Lehtiniemi SYKE

Microplastics found in all water systems

According to research by Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and University of Eastern Finland, microplastics are now found in all Baltic waters and in fish, bivalve molluscs and benthic fauna. Microplastics…

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Study analyses microplastics concentration off Nuuk
Researchers have analysed samples from Nuup Kangerlua (or Godthåbsfjorden) to identify concentrations of microplastic particles. Image: DTU Aqua

Study analyses microplastics concentration off Nuuk

A new study shows that concentrations of microscopic plastic particles in the sea along the west coast of Greenland are roughly the same as in the Atlantic. These minute pieces…

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40-day top trip, plus junk
Blængur landed a record trip for its 40 days fishing in the Barents Sea. Image: Síldarvinnslan/Smári Geirsson

40-day top trip, plus junk

Síldarvinnslan’s factory trawler Blængur has landed a record trip after spending 40 days fishing in the Barents Sea, and is now back at sea on home grounds. Blængur’s crew worked…

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$8.3 million fund to clean up oceans of ghost fishing gear
The Canadian Government is putting $8.3 million into cleaning up ghost gear at home and internationally. Image: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

$8.3 million fund to clean up oceans of ghost fishing gear

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada is funding 26 projects in Canada and around the world to help rid the oceans of this destructive litter. The $8.3 million Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and…

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Blue Army and Hampiðjan join forces
Hampiðjan ísland managing director Jón Oddur Davíðsson, Hampiðjan CEO Hjörtur Erlendsson, Blue Army founder Tómas J. Knútsson, and Hampiðjan CFO Emil Viðar Eythórsson

Blue Army and Hampiðjan join forces

A co-operation agreement on clearing waste from Iceland’s beaches has been struck between Hampiðjan and the Blue Army. Hampiðjan will provide support worth ISK2.40 million annually to the Blue Army…

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Plastix awarded ISO certifications
Danish recycler Plastix has been awarded ISO certifications for its work processing end-of-life fishing gear and other post-use plastics. Image: Plastix

Plastix awarded ISO certifications

Fishing gear recycler Plastix has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certifications for its recycling processes for used fishing nets and ropes from the maritime industry, and other post-used…

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Focusing on the source of plastic waste
Plastic waste on the beach of the Senegalese M’bour

Focusing on the source of plastic waste

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NGOs are finally seeing that the problem of plastic marine waste is best tackled at the source, reports Willem den Heijer, WWF is starting a number of projects in Asian…

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Fisheries Minister thanks trawler owners for efforts on plastic waste
96% of Irish trawlers have signed up to the Clean Oceans Initiative

Fisheries Minister thanks trawler owners for efforts on plastic waste

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Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., welcomed the increase in trawlers and other fishing boats now signed up to Ireland’s Clean Oceans Initiative. The Minister…

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Smart Net Management focus
Representatives from two EU funded projects, Blue Circular Economy and Circular Seas, tasked with creating opportunities for end of life fishing gear, also attended the workshop in Castletownbere. Image: BIM

Smart Net Management focus

Ireland’s seafood development agency Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and the Irish South and West Fishermen’s Producers Organisation (ISWFPO) has co-hosted a net management workshop in Castletownbere, West Cork. The aim…

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