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Fishing for litter



KIMO's Fishing For Litter is an imaginative yet simple initiative that aims to reduce marine litter by involving one of the key stakeholders, the fishing industry.

Campaign Name: Fishing for litter
Delivered By: KIMO UK
Main Objective: Behaviour change, raising awareness/ communications campaigns
Type: Communications campaign incl. posters, Community engagement and/or event, Infrastructure: physical intervention (incl. bins)
Cost: £20k +


The project is designed to reduce the amount of marine litter in our seas by physically removing it and to highlight the importance of good waste management amongst the fleet and beyond. Participating vessels are given hardwearing bags to collect marine litter that is caught in their nets during their normal fishing activities and pays for their safe disposal.
Education is a key element of the project and the coordinators deliver interactive lessons to school children and college students as well as presenting to fishermen’s organisations and others.

Headline Finding

So far more than 1160 tonnes of marine litter has been removed from around our coast.


Behaviour change is key to tackling marine litter and programmes must encourage the right behaviours.
Willing participation of fishers and harbours is key to success of Fishing for Litter projects.

Additional Comments

KIMO’s ‘Fishing for Litter’ logo is protected and must not be replicated without express permission

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