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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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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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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The future of mussel farming – Damen leads on zero emissions research
Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam is co-ordinating a multi-party hybrid and electric propulsion research project. Image: Damen

The future of mussel farming – Damen leads on zero emissions research

Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam is heading a research project to investigate the application of hybrid and fully electric propulsion in the Dutch mussel farming sector. The project, which is called…

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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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Gear recycling project nets Satlink Green Latin America award
Satlink Ecuador’s manager Juan Carlos Larrea receives the company’s award from Priscilla Torres, General Co-ordinator of the Latin America Green Awards

Gear recycling project nets Satlink Green Latin America award

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A project to collect end-of-life fishing gear for recycling and reuse in the creation of new products has won the second-place prize of the Latin America Green Awards, which recognises…

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Fisherman and trawl reunited
Tor Inge Larsen’s lost shrimp trawl being brought aboard clean-up vessel Liafjord. Image: Fiskeridirektoratet

Fisherman and trawl reunited

A shrimp trawl worth NoK200,000 (€20,150) retrieved during the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries’ latest clean-up cruise has been reunited with its owner, Brønnøysund fisherman Tor Inge Larsen. He trawls for…

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Heavy penalties for pollution violations
Violations of waste discharge and bilge waste retention were discovered during a routine boarding, and resulted in $500,000 penalties for the owners and management of New Bedford scalloper Vila Nova do Corvo II. Image: USCG

Heavy penalties for pollution violations

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The owners, managers and skipper of a New Bedford fishing vessel have been handed penalties totalling more than half a million US dollars for infringements of pollution legislation. The New…

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